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6th in the US for federal research among universities.
in research activity annually.
12th largest US research university in research volume & annual expenditures.


Our Mission

Cures and treatments for disease. New technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. At Carolina, we tackle tough challenges with multidisciplinary teams of top scientists and students whose diverse perspectives deliver creative, unprecedented solutions. As one of America’s top research universities, we conduct roughly $1 billion in research annually. We provide dedicated service to our sponsors and unprecedented opportunities for graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates.

— Terry Magnuson, UNC Vice Chancellor for Research


Strategic Research Priorities

By fostering and supporting collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, UNC Research is accelerating new discoveries and solutions to emerging challenges in these areas:






Data Science




Infectious Disease


Opportunity, Well-Being, and Culture


Precision Health and Society

In Pursuit

Levees Improved by UNC Researcher Succeed Against Hurricane Ida

On Sunday August 29th, Hurricane Ida made landfall in New Orleans as a Category 4 hurricane, but thanks to the work of UNC researcher Rick Luettich and others, the levees held and water damage was greatly minimized.

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Picture of Buxton Forest in the Outer Banks

Hands On At The Coast

UNC Students are staying at ECU’s Outer Banks Campus, taking classes and researching change in maritime forests. They are observing environmental factors, plants and the values of residents regarding the forests. They will give a presentation to the public at the end of the semester.

Picture of Jeliyah Clark

Personal Experience Inspires Research

Motivated by a family tragedy, doctoral student Jeliyah Clark began her studies at UNC in biology and later transitioned to environmental health sciences at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health where she researches how a mother’s diet affects prenatal arsenic exposure.

DNA strand

Demystifying Genes to Improve Medicine

This week, the NIH renewed three awards totaling $73.2 million over five years to continue building the Clinical Genome Resource at UNC-Chapel Hill, an effort to collect and archive information about clinically relevant genes and genomic variants to make diagnosis easier.