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.

Grad student researches Charlotte’s neighborhood grants program

Africana studies hosting visiting scholar

Mt. Zion dig reveals possible Second Temple Period priestly mansion, abandoned and preserved

University now has five researchers named fellows by international academy

Israeli archaeologist to discuss biblical text fragments

English professor co-edits ‘Brave New Teenagers’

Hudson tours advanced manufacturing labs

CCI’s Kreth to defend dissertation

Engineering professor's research on endangered species recognized

CCI's Cho to defend dissertation

CCI doctoral student to defend dissertation

Verma named Distinguished Dissertation Award winner