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Research Support

SIU has a number of research centers and institutes, some of which are housed in the individual colleges and some of which are housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. In addition, we belong to various research consortia, and several national and international research organizations are headquartered here.

Faculty, staff, and students across campus may use the services of these facilities for a reasonable fee. Most of these facilities are administered by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research; some are administered by other units. See below for description.

OSPA and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer several cross-disciplinary programs that provide financial support to researchers. Individual colleges may also offer internal grants for research.

There are many advantages of attending a comprehensive research university. This includes the opportunity to participate in a research setting where faculty and students work together with a wide support net of professionals. "Research" may be conducted in any discipline; we broadly define research as inquiry, discovery, and creation of new knowledge and new perspectives about the world. SIU offers research opportunities at all levels.

OSPA is the University agency for submitting grant proposals and accepting grant awards. We facilitate research and sponsored project activities at SIU, and administer internal grant programs.

Tech Transfer helps faculty and staff inventors to assess the commercial feasibility of university inventions and intellectual property (IP), file patent applications as appropriate, and develop strategies to market and license the technologies to industry. Tech Transfer grants licenses to industry and qualifying startups that are capable of successfully developing and commercializing the University inventions and intellectual property.

The Southern Illinois Research Park (SIRP) is a non-profit corporation affiliated with SIU. SIRP promotes technology and knowledge-based enterprise development within the park and the southern Illinois region.

Student Creative Activities and Research Exposition (SCARE) 2022 will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 1-4 pm at the Student Center Art Gallery. This will be a great chance to connect SIU students to the organizations and services that support creative activities and research that are available. Several groups have signed up to share information in 10 minutes Thunder Sessions or presentations to visitors who are seeking information about their services or organization. Tables are still available, please contact Jackie Lindenberg at or 453-4551 to reserve a space.