Initiatives and programs driving innovation at UIC UIC Innovation Fund The UIC Innovation Fund supports the commercialization of technologies developed by faculty, staff and students at UIC. POC Awards Program The POC Awards Program bridges the funding gap between basic scientific research and its entry into the marketplace. Chancellor's Translational Research Initiative CTRI helps UIC researchers prepare early-stage technologies for future funding opportunities. West Loop Innovations West Loop accelerates the commercialization of therapeutics developed 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. 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.