Facts & Figures

5th in the US for federal research among universities.
$1.10
billion
in research activity annually.
11th 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:


Carolina Research in the News | Earlier News Stories…

Opioid Crisis Hurts Firm Growth

A first-of-its-kind study from Kenan-Flagler shows that firms in states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic are more likely to invest in automation, as well as see less long-term growth.

Best of Both Worlds

The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention was awarded a $3.8 million grant to study how the Med-South program, which combines aspects of the Mediterranean diet with the taste preferences of Southerners, can help with weight loss.

Poison Arrow Frogs’ Internal GPS

Carolina biologists have found evidence that poison arrow frogs use sophisticated navigation and spatial recall to navigate their rainforest home. Their findings provide further clues about the evolution of spatial cognition in vertebrates.

Researching Technological Nuance

What do Jeopardy! and Siri have in common? Complex interactions between computers and people, especially in how tricky phrasing can mislead both. SILS professor Paul Jones gives his two cents on researching that relationship for WRAL.