Scientific Presence Illinois

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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.


2013 Way Better Count: 7,130 — US Rank — #7
2013 Official Count: 4,644— US Rank — #8
Patents 1963—2013: 167,827
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Businesses & Outposts

464 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from Illinois.

The Top Ten

Companies Working With Illinois Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from Illinois.

  2. UOP

The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 675 | 2013 — 826 | 2014 — 860
Total 1977—2014: 29,809
2014 US Rank: #5 | Overall Rank: #5

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in Illinois: $15,974,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #8 | R&D Intensity — 2.38%
Illinois GDP — $670,247,000,000 | GDP Rank — 5
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

Illinois R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $15,974
Business Business - Total 294,093 12,038
Paid by The Business 238,768 10,764
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 1,108
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 167
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 2,353
Federal Sources 37,714 1,534
Other Government Sources 3,718 60
Business 3,189 99
University &College Directly 12,965 516
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 144
Other Non-Profits 6,553 90
States Internal NA 2
Federal 35,775 361
FFRDCs Total 17,718 1,131
FFRDCs - Federal NA 1,083
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 48

Illinois Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
Illinois $2,425,752 $1,552,396 $56,798 $561,637 $105,517 $144,010 $5,394

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.


All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
Illinois 2,581,463 894,174 34.6% 0.5%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
Illinois 82%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
Illinois 6 2,396 0.05%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

Three of the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions are located in Illinois. Northwestern University granted 367 doctorates. University of Chicago granted 401. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign granted 811.


A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at Illinois Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All institutions $65,774,524
28 Northwestern University 631,078
33 University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 583,754
51 University Chicago 419,631
57 University Illinois, Chicago 388,625
162 Rush University 80,300
170 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 71,097
205 Wright State University 46,213
206 Loyola University, Chicago 45,903
229 Illinois Institute of Technology 32,576
246 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville 26,992
261 Northern Illinois University 21,823
280 Illinois State University 17,760
292 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 15,587
297 Purdue University, Calumet 14,897
385 DePaul University 5,706
396 Midwestern University 5,200
408 Western Illinois University 4,514
500 University Illinois, Springfield 2,370
598 Columbia College, Chicago 1,318
607 La Salle University 1,156
618 Illinois Wesleyan University 1,012
650 Chicago State University 565
492 Erikson Institute 2,511
498 Bradley University 2,392
622 Roosevelt University 1,000
633 Governors State University 928
641 Wheaton College, Wheaton 844
  Totals — Illinois $2,425,752

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to Illinois Institutions →

Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in Illinois, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D Expenditures
All US FFRDCs     $17,446,036
Argonne National Lab. DOE Argonne 679,387
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. DOE Batavia 412,438

Follow the Money | Spending By Illinois Based FFRDCS →

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Agriculture ARS - Midwest Area
Dept. of Defense U.S. Transportation Command
Dept. of Defense - Army USACE - ERDC - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
Dept. of Energy Argonne National Laboratory
Dept. of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Dept. of Energy New Brunswick Laboratory
Dept. of Interior Illinois Water Science Center

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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