The Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives

The Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives collaborates with deans, faculty and other University leaders to shape the strategic scientific and technological direction of the University and supports its implementation through and across the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the UChicago Global Centers, and Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The office also works in close collaboration with UChicago Research.

Collaboration across the cycle of discovery

National Laboratories

The cradles of discovery and innovation, two Department of Energy laboratories affiliated with UChicago support thousands of scientists working in the national interest. In addition to supporting Argonne and Fermilab, through UChicago affiliated entities, the University has direct oversight of the internationally renowned Marine Biological Laboratory and is a founding partner of the Giant Magellan Telescope project.


The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation accelerates discoveries and new ideas that create economic opportunities for our city, region, nation, and world, for the benefit of humanity.

Science Strategy

The unifying thread of the office’s approach, Science Strategy focuses on enabling partnerships, collaboration, and working across divisions and institutions to translate discoveries into innovation and impact.

Global Initiatives

Supporting the international vision of the university and faculty scientists, UChicago Global enables the kind of large-scale, cutting-edge research that can only be done across borders.


National labs enlist UChicago students for help on big data projects

National labs enlist UChicago students for help on big data projects

Pictured above: UChicago students Tarun Arora, Richard Zhang and Manuel Martinez For Department of Energy national laboratories, the era of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) offers new opportunities to solve old problems. Those problems can range from...

New technology more efficiently removes heavy metals from water

New technology more efficiently removes heavy metals from water

By Emily Ayshford Video available here: As freshwater scarcity affects millions worldwide, scientists and engineers have looked for new ways of filtering unwanted metals and minerals out of water while retaining those elements for re-use...


Virtual lecture: AI for Science: From Atoms to the Cosmos


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Director’s Special Colloquium Celebrating Argonne’s 75th Anniversary

Scientists across the globe are using artificial intelligence (AI) to design better materials and processes, accelerate drug discovery, explore the mysteries of the universe, automate traditional research, and drive an array of scientific discoveries.This colloquium, the fourth in the series celebrating Argonne’s 75th anniversary, will engage a panel of experts to discuss how AI is used in, and has transformed, science.

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Polsky Science Ventures Presents: Compass Demo Day


Jan. 18, 2023


Join the Polsky Center at the University of Chicago for a Demo Day to observe presentations and hear pitches from the graduating Cohort 5 startups of the Compass, the Polsky Center’s six-month deep tech accelerator. Presenting teams make up diverse industry verticals that include Artificial Intelligence, Life Sciences, and Quantum. In addition, you will hear quick pitches from the teams that have been accepted into Cohort 6 of the Compass.

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UChicago-Peking University Joint Forum: Addressing the Climate & Energy Challenge


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UChicago Global

The climate and energy challenge is inherently global as individual nations cannot control the global thermostat in isolation and must collaborate to curb the consequences of climate change. Join the University of Chicago and Peking University for a joint forum convening academics, policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders to discuss how the US and China – the two largest carbon producers – and the world, are addressing the climate and energy challenge.

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