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

Chicago Quantum Exchange

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) is an intellectual hub and partnership for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. It is anchored by the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Members of CQE are focused on developing new ways of understanding and exploiting the laws of quantum mechanics, the fundamental yet counterintuitive theory that governs nature at its smallest scales.

Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The Pritzker School of 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.

UChicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering

The University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (UChicago CASE) expands research collaborations between UChicago faculty and scientists and scholars at affiliated institutions, including Argonne, Fermilab and the Marine Biological Laboratory, in a broad range of research areas, including biological, computational, physical and social sciences, engineering and public policy.


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: