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:

UNC Charlotte earns high international marks for research, academic excellence

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Reimagined Division of Research to streamline focus on top-tier status, faculty success

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Charlotte scientist among select few to win Scialog support for research into next-gen imaging technologies

Architecture professor receives $1 million grant toward commercializing energy-saving windows

Alumna Margaret Kocherga catches a unicorn with new technology for organic electronics

Charlotte ranked among top 10 for entrepreneurship research

University researchers partner with Gaston County health officials on groundwater quality project

New study: vaccine protection against COVID-19 short-lived, booster shots important

UNC Charlotte-led team invents new anticoagulant platform, offering hope for advances for heart surgery, dialysis, other procedures