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:

Student project to serve as backdrop for transit-oriented event

Ingersoll Rand lending a hand on UrbanEden

Vivero-Escoto receives ORAU’s Powe Junior Faculty Award

Study shows teacher collaboration, professional communities improve many elementary students' math scores

North Carolina economy on the upswing says Connaughton

Second annual Charlotte Research Scholars program to begin

CHARP to host neighborhood forum

Yale professor to discuss trauma and children

Connaughton to present quarterly economic forecast

Geography professor researches healthy companies, healthy regions

UNC Charlotte Model UN wins record number of awards

Through the eyes of a burglar - study provides insights on habits and motivations