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:

CCI team creates cryptocurrency platform to win hackathon

CCI professor receives NIH award for metabolomics study

Gropp, Signorelli honored for outstanding theses

UNC Charlotte, Gaston College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College grow collaboration with NIH support

Student Union Gallery exhibition illuminates art historian’s research

NSF grant to fund engineering scholarships

Graduate student’s research on 1918 flu epidemic published in new book

Doctoral student studies soybeans to address poverty, hunger

Research study shows lasting value in play

Seven new student companies join 49er Foundry

UNC Charlotte receives NSF funding for community co-development of artificial intelligence systems designed to improve public safety

Childress Klein Center for Real Estate developing regional housing study