Charlotte Research Institute is the portal for business-university partnerships at UNC Charlotte. Regionally, CRI works with the community and the campus to accelerate technology commercialization, and champions the growth of entrepreneurial ventures. Globally, CRI develops intellectual capital through collaborations with industry, government and academia.
In 2011, CRI was recognized with an honorable mention award for the first annual Przirembel Prize that recognizes collaborations of diverse organizations in the Southeastern United States.
The Institute's research centers consist of people and facilities that are thematically aggregated to address complex problems in an interdisciplinary fashion.