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.

Women + Girls Research Alliance report identifies key findings on issues affecting women and girls in Charlotte

UNC Charlotte introduces legislators and industry partners to NC’s first battery research center

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

Data science students present sports analytics research at international conference

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

Transformational gift of up to $23 million to amplify UNC Charlotte's national impact on literacy instruction

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