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Cohesion and Collaboration for UNC Research

Facts & Figures

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

COVID-19 Impacts on Health Care Worker Mental Health

In America’s demanding work culture, it can be difficult to avoid bringing work home. But when bringing work home equates to potentially infecting your family or friends with a deadly virus, there’s a whole new level of concern for health care workers.

Carolina Research in the News | Earlier News Stories…

Rethinking Drug Delivery Systems

With the help of 3D printing, Rahima Benhabbour of UNC Biomedical Engineering is creating innovative medical devices to benefit marginalized women around the globe.

Microbes and Marine Ecosystems

In this video, UNC Center for Galapagos Studies researcher Scott Gifford explains his work to better understand the molecular biodiversity found in microbial communities and the role bacteria play in shaping ocean chemistry and ecology.

Community-Driven Archives

In this Q&A, Wilson Library archivist Chaitra Powell reflects on her work in community-driven archives. Rather than just swooping into a community and taking their materials, oral histories and collective knowledge back to Chapel Hill, Powell stresses the importance of working collaboratively to share their stories and make them feel welcomed and included.