INITIATIVES Initiatives and programs driving innovation at UIC Executives in Residence The new Executives in Residence pilot program connects UIC innovators to industry experts. SBIR/STTR Consulting The SBIR/STTR consulting program supports UIC faculty interested in commercializing their technologies. West Loop Innovations West Loop accelerates the commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC. Discovery Partners Institute UIC is a partner of the DPI, a purpose-driven collaborative research institute located in Chicago. Illinois Innovation Network UIC is working collaboratively to drive innovation, workforce development, and economic growth.