UNC Charlotte is a distinguished university participating in high research activity. Among the 196 public doctoral-granting research universities in the United States, only 39 hold both the Carnegie Community Engaged University classification and the APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity classification.

The APLU (Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities) designation recognizes that UNC Charlotte has demonstrated a meaningful, ongoing and substantial commitment to economic and community development, growth, and economic opportunity.

Carnegie’s community engagement classification signifies that UNC Charlotte collaborates with our larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity.

UNC Charlotte focuses a majority of its research endeavors through these centers and initiatives:

Researchers highlight new strategies in fight against cancer

Charlotte researcher Liyue Fan is exploring solutions to protect data privacy

Kirill Afonin, Margaret Quinlan honored for research and mentoring excellence

Advanced computing at UNC Charlotte indicates current antibodies effective against newly emergent SARS-CoV-2 XBB.1.5

Charlotte, Yale School of Public Health research study says annual or biannual COVID-19 boosters optimal for fighting COVID

Division of Research and business partners celebrate successes

Labor market strong, inflation persists into 2023

From rural Texas to the national spotlight: The making of an equity researcher

Reducing recidivism through coaching

Antibody invented at Charlotte shows promise for pancreatic cancer treatment

Economics researcher connects teleworking, productivity

UNC Charlotte, City of Charlotte, Duke Energy win prestigious Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cleantech Award