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.

Charlotte research expenditures among top third in U.S., led by computer and information sciences

Researchers highlight new strategies in fight against cancer

Charlotte researcher Liyue Fan is exploring solutions to protect data privacy

Kirill Afonin, Margaret Quinlan honored for research and mentoring excellence

Advanced computing at UNC Charlotte indicates current antibodies effective against newly emergent SARS-CoV-2 XBB.1.5

Researchers examined social media response to 2019 campus shooting

Charlotte, Yale School of Public Health research study says annual or biannual COVID-19 boosters optimal for fighting COVID

Division of Research and business partners celebrate successes

Labor market strong, inflation persists into 2023

From rural Texas to the national spotlight: The making of an equity researcher

Reducing recidivism through coaching

Antibody invented at Charlotte shows promise for pancreatic cancer treatment