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 researchers recognized among world's top 2%

University faculty provide expertise, depth in the news

EPIC is one of 10 selected nationwide for U.S. Department of Energy award

Roadmap to R1 Carnegie Classification

Cancer researcher inducted as Cell Stress Society International Fellow

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