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:

I-PASS research collaborative receives NSF funding for underserved computer science students

Laser focus: Doctoral student integral to biomedical optics research

Graduate candidate receives prestigious public health informatics fellowship

‘World-changing’ research considers the future of math education

App increases colon cancer screening orders while reducing operational costs

CCI professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Economist delivers mid-year update, state’s economic expansion continues

Biologist receives prestigious NIH R01 research grant

Biology, engineering graduate students receive prestigious NSF awards

Entrepreneurs spotlighted at Charlotte Venture Challenge

University highlights economic mobility research

University research team wins Blue Diamond Award