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:

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Study: Charter schools are driving segregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Laura Clark

Doctoral student wins best research poster

Wahida Nasrin receives a Best Paper Award

Engineering student, professor win best paper

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Research team seeks to make blood pressure control easy

Cyber safety learning team

UNC Charlotte team to help schools keep students safe online

Bhaskar Mitra and Pankaj Bhowmik

Ph.D. students take top honors at Duke University energy conference

John Daniels

Researchers seeking innovative uses for coal ash


Master’s thesis among ProQuest’s most downloaded

Cato College professor talks free speech and bias on college campuses

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Researcher receives grant to study banana breeding to improve nutrition

Advance achieved in dry preservation of mammalian sperm cells

Lee College researchers investigating wildfire spread