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 campus-based early detection research system aims to prevent COVID-19 spread

City birds: Study shows impact of urbanization

NSF grant allows UNC Charlotte faculty to train middle school students and teachers on digital citizenship

Visualizing the COVID-19 pandemic

Report offers guidance to meet needs of area seniors

Study highlights disparities in COVID-19 in urban and rural areas

Childress Klein Center for Real Estate issues State of Housing in Charlotte Update

Art professor’s recent work featured in virtual exhibit

Integrated Design Research Lab projects awarded I-Corps grants

Solving a formerly unsolvable drinking water challenge

Immersive visualization project wins Knight Foundation grant