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 students and faculty help develop universal EV charging solution

Research funding hits $58 million, setting a UNC Charlotte record

Biochemist’s research holds promise for novel treatments for cancers and neurological diseases

Charlotte's bioinformatics lab informs Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 public health approach

Guiding UNC Charlotte’s research direction

Forecast: Inflation a growing risk for North Carolina’s economy in 2022

Undergraduate research journal launches

‘Unprecedented’ housing price increases in Charlotte are creating challenges for affordability

UNC Charlotte research, outreach efforts on well water safety in Gaston County to expand

UNC Charlotte researcher on team that receives $2M from NSF to design adaptable urban spaces

Health psychology doctoral student wins NIH funding to research maternal health

Faculty and staff recognized for research accomplishments, illuminating UNC Charlotte’s ‘star on the rise’