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:

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

Education professor receives NSF grant for pioneering research on gifted Black girls

UNC Charlotte inventions, patents, licenses and startups are driving the innovation economy

New technology creates energy from waves to desalinate ocean water

New insight into coral-algae symbiosis aims to help reefs recover from mass bleaching

UNC Charlotte history professor named Andrew Carnegie Fellow