Mission & Vision

Charlotte Research Institute is committed to educational, industrial and economic growth.  Its research vision continues to expand with the emerging research initiatives that include bioinformatics, biomedical engineering systems, energy production and infrastructure, information security, motorsports and automotive engineering, sustainable design, nanoscale science, and translational research. 


The Charlotte Research Institute accelerates research, partnerships, and business development by:

  • Promoting and sustaining UNC Charlotte research center activity that generates intellectual capital, collaborative partnerships and economic development,
  • Marketing UNC Charlotte and CRI in the Carolinas region, and beyond, as a primary source for intellectual capital and technology partnerships,
  • Developing and maintaining entrepreneurial development programs and business startup services, and
  • Creating and managing research and business development infrastructure that supports interdisciplinary research, business-university partnerships, and innovative startups.



The Charlotte Research Institute is the portal for business-university partnerships at UNC Charlotte.  CRI drives economic growth by developing new research capacity, university partnerships with regional and national enterprises, and innovative high-growth companies.