Research at UNC has quadrupled over the past 15 years, firmly establishing Carolina as one of America’s top-ranked research universities.

8th top-ranked
university in the United States for federal research, totaling $632M annually
$1.05 Billion
UNC conducts one billion dollars of sponsored research from all sources annually, making it the 11th largest US research university in research volume and annual expenditures
60%
UNC-Chapel Hill performs more than half of all UNC system research
EXCEPTIONALISM

150 faculty at UNC are members of the National Academies & prestigious learned societies
// UNC Research, 2017

2 Nobel Laureates
// Royal Swedish Academy of Science, 2017

15th most cited university in the world
// CWUR, 2017

RESEARCH COLLABORATION

// UNC RAMSeS, 2017

$596 million in multi-investigator projects

$472 million in multi-department projects

$349 million in multi-school projects

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH

Nearly 1,250 postdoctoral fellows
// UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, 2017

18th in the nation for the number of postdoctoral fellows
// HERD Survey, 2015

FEDERAL INVESTMENT

8th in the US for federally funded biological sciences research
// HERD Survey, 2015

The National Institutes of Health is UNC’s largest federal funder, awarding more than $412M in 2017 for nearly 800 projects
// UNC RAMSeS, 2017

1st in the nation for federally funded social and behavioral science research and development
// COSSA, 2017

3rd among the nation’s Schools of Public Health for NIH funding
// NIH RePORTER, 2016

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

18th in the US for privately sponsored clinical trials
// HERD Survey, 2015

$31 million in annual clinical trials research
// HERD Survey, 2016

$62 million in annual R&D from private industry sponsors
// UNC RAMSeS, 2017

NATIONAL RANKINGS AND RESEARCH EXPENDITURES BY FIELD

// HERD Survey, 2015

3rd social sciences research, $89M
9th biological sciences research, $216M
1st psychology research, $47M