Research Capabilities

UNC Charlotte is proud to be North Carolina’s urban research university. You won't find a more enthusiastic team to roll up its sleeves and get to work helping you make your project a success. Whether you're a faculty member, an industry partner, or a research administrator exploring funding sources, conducting research, or simply developing your business, CRI and our colleagues in Research and Economic Development are ready to assist.  We even have state-of-the art research labs, including a facility for classified research, available for lease to business and government partners.

Although we are a relatively young research program, our growth and productivity rivals those a lot older.  UNC Charlotte topped $50 million in new research grants awarded in 2017, an 80% jump in just a few years. 445 new research grants were awarded in 2016.  Charlotte Agenda recently referred to UNC Charlotte’s research efforts as “punching above its weight” and noted that on a per-dollar basis, UNC Charlotte ranks No. 2 nationally for new patents filed and No. 5 for start-ups created.  With its exceptional research talent and state-of-the-art research and science facilities, UNC Charlotte’s research enterprise is a rising star.