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:

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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’

Navigating supply chain challenges

Driving innovation in energy, medicine, defense, communications, Center for Metamaterials receives third round of NSF funding

For unvaccinated, reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 is likely

UNC CHarlotte to collaborate with the NSA for critical multi- and interdisciplinary research

Summer research opportunities prepare undergraduates for future research and careers