Business Partners

Staking its claim as the region’s premiere urban research university, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is dedicated to university-industry partnerships with an emphasis on research and innovation, business growth, and job creation.  The Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) is the portal through which these important collaborations are created and enriched at UNC Charlotte.   CRI connects businesses, researchers, governmental agencies, and academia with exceptional facilities and equipment to enhance intellectual capital, accelerate technology commercialization, cultivate the development of entrepreneurial and start-up ventures, create global educational and industry partnerships, and spur economic growth regionally and nationally.

Charlotte Research Institute business partners routinely interact with UNC Charlotte’s highly regarded faculty and academically talented students in the pursuit of applied research for cultural, social, and economic benefit.   CRI supports interdisciplinary research centers that tackle complex problems in bioinformatics and genomics, biomedical engineering and science, optoelectronics and optical communications, precision metrology, cyber defense and network assurability, energy production and infrastructure, environment and sustainability, life sciences, nanoscale sciences, motorsports engineering, visualization, and biology and translational research.  For CRI business partners, extraordinary opportunities and specialized resources abound within an easy campus walk.

The Charlotte Research Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities profile includes some of the newest research, learning, and business partnership facilities in the region, including the new 200,000sf UNC Charlotte Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the internationally recognized North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in nearby Kannapolis.  The Partnership, Outreach, and Research to Accelerate Learning (PORTAL) building will provide 96,000 square feet of new CRI campus business partner space including business incubator offices, a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), general research and business office rental space, and café.  This beautiful building, located at the main entrance to the Charlotte Research Institute campus, will be home to Ventureprise, Inc. and the Small Business and Technology Development Center – both providing direct support services to start-up and early-stage businesses.

Business, research and academia work together at the Charlotte Research Institute.  CRI stands ready to provide quality services, facilities, and academic partnerships to emerging businesses, research and innovation enterprises, as well as established companies interested in relocating to the Charlotte region.