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.

Researchers to study ‘Natural Resources and Armed Conflict’

TweetChina explores ‘big data’ and social media

University, SSST formalize collaborative agreement

CHHS professor partners with community advocates to support fathers

UNC Charlotte part of $1.5 million N.C. Research Campus project

Heberlig to appear on ‘Charlotte Talks’

CCI professor helping CMS students save the American chestnut

Student project to serve as backdrop for transit-oriented event

Ingersoll Rand lending a hand on UrbanEden

Vivero-Escoto receives ORAU’s Powe Junior Faculty Award

Study shows teacher collaboration, professional communities improve many elementary students' math scores

North Carolina economy on the upswing says Connaughton