The Center for MR Research at UIC was initiated as an institution-wide program to focus research efforts towards a center of excellence in imaging with a 10 year horizon. Magnetic resonance research is rapidly expanding, especially in the area of ultra-high field. With State of Illinois support, the Center has built a 9.4 Tesla human scanner, and a new building to house it in close proximity to the current 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla scanners. In addition to the 9.4 Tesla scanner, equipment room, control room and preparation/recovery area, the new building houses faculty offices, electronics laboratory, physiology laboratory, computing facilities, and a conference room. The goals for the program include fostering involvement of all departments in using these state-of-the-art imaging facilities for research generated in each of these disciplines. A core faculty of MR scientists has been recruited to develop the new technology. Recruitments in other departments are oriented to add additional expertise in areas of applications in neuroradiology, psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery and cardiology. Outside the College of Medicine, other departments in engineering and basic sciences are already participating. A support staff of research MR technologists, and a research manager facilitate research by all investigators, across campuses.