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:

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

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