Collaborative Research

Collaborative research utilizes the University of Chicago’s extensive community to take on the most challenging issues facing science today. Joint initiatives leverage intellectual and technical resources at Argonne, Fermilab, and UChicago to pioneer science with meaningful application. Researchers and scientists from the labs can partner with faculty through the University’s more than 140 institutes and centers.

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Collaborative Institutes and Centers

Institute for Molecular Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Engineering addresses fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design at a molecular scale. Molecular engineering incorporates molecular building blocks into electronic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological components to build functional systems that will impact an array of technologies, from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing and energy.


The Microbiome Center

The Microbiome Center brings together a vast array of researchers and scientists to examine the microbial communities that shape our world. In this rapidly expanding field, the Microbiome Center strives to catalyze the discoveries of microbial impact; helping scientists quickly translate their findings and position them for material use.

The Computation Institute

A joint endeavor between the University and Argonne, the Computation Institute was established to advance science through innovative computational approaches across a range of disciplines. In its first 10 years, the institute received $123 million in external support to fund such pursuits in understanding the economic impact of green technology deployment and pioneering cloud computing.


The University garners support for Argonne and Fermilab through its relationships with surrounding communities, city government agencies, and academic and business leaders in educating federal policymakers on the labs’ scientific advancements. These broad networks contribute to the development of such initiatives as: