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.

Yensan’s CRI appointment extended

Engineering professor receives NSF Early CAREER Award

Local foundation grant to support University’s ‘KEEPING WATCH’

‘Moral Economies’ focus of 12th annual Africana studies symposium

English professor’s work sheds light on mysterious Dumas

CHHS study demonstrates housing program helps save lives, money

UNC Charlotte collaborating on workforce development project related to distributed power

Registration under way for Undergraduate Research Conference

Continued growth expected for N.C. economy in 2014

Election expert to explore change driven by electoral meltdown of 2000

Formal ceremony dedicates PORTAL, developed to harness the power of UNC Charlotte

CCI student to defend dissertation