Research is fundamental to the mission of UNC Charlotte. New knowledge and creative works change the world and shape the future of the University. Charlotte values research in all its forms, including scholarly inquiry, discovery, exploration, innovation, entrepreneurship, creative activities, community engagement and/or interdisciplinary endeavors.

UNC Charlotte’s research endeavors are distinct:

  • Among the 229 public doctoral-granting research universities in the United States, 124 hold the Carnegie Community Engaged University classification. Carnegie’s community engagement classification signifies that UNC Charlotte collaborates with its 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 is among the 80 public universities that have earned the APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation. The Association of Public and 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

Significant research activities are focused in UNC System recognized centers and institutes. And in 2023, Charlotte launched 12 new pilot centers to foster synergistic research initiatives. In 2022, Ventureprise became the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Belk College’s Franz Kellermanns named No. 1 In nation among family business researchers

Paving the (run)way for innovations in the aviation sector

2023 research in review

Charlotte celebrates a productive year at annual Research and Business Partners Celebration

Economic Forecast: Economy shows signs of a mild slowdown

Amplifying the voices of women and girls

Counseling professor Dania Fakhro brings personal experience to refugee mental health

2023 State of Housing in Charlotte Report: Rising prices still affecting the region

First phase of ‘Engineering North Carolina’s Future’ faculty additions amplify Charlotte’s research, teaching efforts

Faculty, staff and students recognized for research achievements alongside Charlotte’s research trajectory

Permanent leaders named for Academic Affairs, Research divisions

Charlotte awarded tech strategy development grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration