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:

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

University research showcased for inaugural Congressional Staff Symposium

NSF grant funding to support health monitoring system for elderly

Thill receives First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal

Refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine are creating global migration crisis

Update: Return of Facilities and Administrative funds to investigators

Faculty Research Grants awarded for new research and scholarly connections

Engineering Charlotte’s – and North Carolina’s – Future