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:

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

Largest grant in UNC Charlotte history expands National Center for Youth with Disabilities

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Belk College faculty researching ethical behaviors to teach leadership

Africana Studies researcher’s book continues to win acclaim

Study considers barriers, opportunities in peer sexuality education

North Carolina’s economic forecast: a comeback in 2021

Political scientist’s Personally Speaking talk to delve into drones

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