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.

University approved to offer PSM in Data Science and Business Analytics

Winners named in 2014 Charlotte Venture Challenge

N.C. congressman visits to learn about Big Data

Africana studies professor receives research fellowship

Mayadunne to defend dissertation

NCDOT awards $1.4 million in grants to Lee College of Engineering researchers

CGL provided support for award-winning doctoral student

University enters partnership to report on homelessness

Materials Characterization Lab moves to new home

Charlotte Venture Challenge names finalists

Ogle receives 2014 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal

Williams named interim director of Lab Animal Resources