UI LABS is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, bringing Universities, Industry and Government together to define problems, design partnerships and deliver scalable solutions to tomorrow’s most important challenges.
UI LABS unites Universities, Industry and Government to solve complex challenges no one sector or player could address on their own. We break down the barriers between stakeholders and provide a neutral platform for collaboration, curating unique and diverse partnerships.
The creation of UI LABS was driven by an understanding of the need to bring together University + Industry to research, develop and apply solutions to critical economic and industrial challenges, and to attract and retain the best and brightest, enhancing Chicago and the Midwest as a destination for talent and technology.
UI LABS is creating a portfolio of programs to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology to make lives better and enhance the competitiveness of our nation and region.
Our first program – the national Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute – brings together 40+ global manufacturing and technology companies with 30+ university, government and community partners to launch this $340M institute. DMDII has buy-in from more than 500 supporting organizations, and more than a dozen leading companies have invested over a million dollars.
DMDII is reinventing manufacturing for the 21st century. Through applied research and demonstration projects, training and workforce development, and education and outreach, it will infuse advanced digital technologies and big data into today’s manufacturing practices to ensure America will remain on the cutting edge – creating new jobs and strengthening the economy.
For more information on upcoming applied research funding opportunities, please visit dmdii.org.
Stay tuned for the launch of our second program. We are also actively soliciting input on future programming ideas.
UI LABS, along with elected officials, partners and the public, celebrated its groundbreaking on October 30, 2014. Set to open in early 2015, this new world-class facility will house UI LABS, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, as well as future programs.