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:

North Carolina BATT CAVE Research Center to accelerate innovations in batteries

Finding a cure for cancer, one DNA damage pathway at a time

Alternatives to Violence implemented in Charlotte’s Beatties Ford neighborhood offers promise and lessons for preventing gun violence

UNC Charlotte wins inaugural NSF Engines Development Award to fund ‘Clean Carolinas’

Solving UNC Charlotte bird collisions one building at a time

NSF grant enables professors, students to research climate-resilient architecture in Tanzania

CCI’s Richard White receives NASA grant to explore how life formed on Earth

NSF grants awarded CCI researchers to explore ways AI can aid aging population, patient diagnoses

Charlotte research expenditures among top third in U.S., led by computer and information sciences

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