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Carolina: A National Leader in Research

Carolina is making a strong bid to become the leading public research university in the nation. In the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of colleges and universities, Carolina qualifies at the highest level, as a research-extensive university. Institutions in this category award at least 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 disciplines. Carolina awards more than 500 Ph.D.s each year.


FY2016 Research Funding

UNC-Chapel Hill research funding for fiscal year 2016 totaled $846,680,025. Detailed information is here.

Based on the most recent available data, Carolina ranks eighth among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding devoted to research and development in all fields (NSF, 2015). More UNC Research facts and rankings are here.

Prominent Areas of Research

Drug Discovery and Pharmacoengineering

Creating new small molecule therapeutics and developing tools and devices to precisely target therapies within the human body.

Computer and Data Science

Leading efforts to improve the collection, management, visualization, and analysis of large sets of digital data.

Developmental Disabilities and Child Development

Charting the developmental pathways of children from infancy to adulthood, and unlocking the mysteries behind the causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Global Public Health

Researching solutions to challenges like water quality, sanitation, obesity, health systems, and alcohol, tobacco and drug use in more than 55 countries spanning six continents.

Infectious Disease

Conducting ground breaking studies to halt the global spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, and coronaviruses like SARS and MERS.

Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Merging physical and life sciences to advance energy production, nanoscale manufacturing, medical devices, drug delivery, and the development of new tools for scientific analysis.

Genetics and Genome Sciences

Expanding mankind’s knowledge of genomics to better understand and treat disease and enhance the health of humans, animals, and plants.

Social Sciences

Exploring how human behavior is influenced by factors such as environment and genetics, and unraveling the role environments and behavior play in disease and health disparities.

Cancer Research

Studying the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, developing new therapies and treatments in the laboratory, and moving them through clinical trials.

Environmental Sciences

Advancing the science of water quality and sustainability, modeling storms to aid in disaster management, and studying human exposure to pathogens and toxic substances.