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:

Interdisciplinary study reveals widespread issues with research authorship policies

Research shows price pharmaceutical firms pay for illegal practices

Engineering professors’ expertise aiding COVID-19 safety in operating rooms

NSF grant to support patent capstone Ph.D. projects

UNC Charlotte study finds success in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s efforts to end homelessness

Serving veterans today and every day

Researchers study how animal societies make decisions, resolve conflict

Architecture professor wins prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship

Health Services Research alumna earns family planning fellowship

Chancellor Gaber talks with Charlotte Agenda about ways UNC Charlotte can help strengthen the city and region

Study assesses COVID-19 impact on vulnerable populations in Charlotte

Childress Klein Center for Real Estate issues ‘2020 State of Housing in Charlotte’ report