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:

UNC Charlotte’s pandemic response receives 2021 AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award

Integrated Design Research Lab’s window project wins R+D award

Bikes, trains and automobiles: How UNC Charlotte research keeps traffic — and people — moving

NSF grant will further development of solar windows

UNC Charlotte awarded one of three UNC System Research Opportunities Initiative grants for ‘potentially game-changing’ research

Study to illuminate experience of community college transfer students

New Niner Research IRB module to launch

N.C. forecast: Economy is at a critical point

Africana Studies scholar earns internationally competitive fellowship

Enhancing the reliability and resilience of the power grid — and training a new generation of energy experts

COVID-19 variants and vaccine effectiveness — and our best path back to ‘normal’

UNC Charlotte partners with NuSpot Technologies to develop COVID-19 rapid testing device