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.

Childress Klein Center for Real Estate issues State of Housing in Charlotte Update

Art professor’s recent work featured in virtual exhibit

Integrated Design Research Lab projects awarded I-Corps grants

Solving a formerly unsolvable drinking water challenge

Immersive visualization project wins Knight Foundation grant

English professor to conduct research during National Humanities Center residency

Hammelman to study foodscapes with prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Atkins Library publishes work by Active Learning Academy

Geographers' COVID-19 study offers a way to detect, monitor clusters

Geology-Mechanical Engineering pairing results in novel, award-winning findings

Microalgae project awarded NSF grant