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:

English professor to conduct research during National Humanities Center residency

Hammelman to study foodscapes with prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Atkins Library publishes work by Active Learning Academy

Geographers' COVID-19 study offers a way to detect, monitor clusters

Geology-Mechanical Engineering pairing results in novel, award-winning findings

Microalgae project awarded NSF grant

N.C. Economic Forecast: Recovery could take years

History professor named fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies

Alum’s company produces ‘world changing idea’

Charlotte Venture Challenge Student Showcase rewards entrepreneurs virtually

Architecture students’ 9 predictions for the future resulting from COVID-19

NEA grant to fund arts-based social mobility research