Updated: February 16, 2022
The CBC was launched in 2006 with a generous grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust (SFCCT) at the level of $5 million per year. Through the end of 2021, $71 million has been invested in the CBC. During the 16 years of CBC operation, the CBC has strengthened the Chicago biomedical community in a number of ways.
As of December 31, 2020*, the CBC has supported:
- 358 Awards supporting cutting-edge research in many areas including antibiotic resistance, cancer, heart disease, drug development, mental health and neurological disorders, infectious diseases and diabetes,
- Recruitment of 8 outstanding senior and junior faculty members who have gone on to receive numerous national awards,
- Professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows,
- Mentoring assistance for researchers interested in commercializing discoveries,
- Organizing 73 educational events including 17 annual symposia, showcasing research supported by the CBC and high-end technologies available at CBC universities.
Notable outcomes from CBC support include:
- Over 2,650 peer-reviewed publications attributed to CBC-funded research (see the graphs below),
- Establishment of six national research centers at CBC universities,
- Facilitation of the Open Access Initiative, allowing CBC-affiliated researchers to use all core facilities at ‘in-house’ rates,
- $856.4 million in follow-on funding from CBC-initiated research (see the graphs below),
- Estimated total economic input exceeding $3 billion for the Chicago economy overall(see the graphs below).
Starting in 2012, the CBC has summarized its annual accomplishments in “Perspectives.” Please download this annual report to learn more about the research sponsored by the CBC, and its impact on the city of Chicago and the CBC universities.
*The Accomplishments page is updated annually in March.