Hospitals Turn to Researchers for Mask Efficacy Answers

Facts & Figures

5th 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


Opportunity, Well-Being, and Culture

Precision Health and Society

In Pursuit

UNC Researchers Develop PFAS Resin:

UNC-Chapel Hill environmental engineer Orlando Coronell and chemist Frank Leibfarth have developed a filtration resin that has thus far been successful in removing most per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances from water.

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Cassandra Davis

Calculating COVID-19’s Educational Costs

Cassandra R. Davis studies the impact of natural disasters on schools and communities, particularly at the K-12 level. Now the public policy professor is turning her attention to the impact of a global pandemic on first-generation college students.

An overhead shot of a community beside coastal waters.

Preparing the State for Environmental Threats

The new Center for Resilient Communities and Environment is working with NC communities to understand their vulnerability to increasing environmental threats and develop strategies to strengthen resilience.

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UNC Addresses COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

UNC researchers are working on three areas related to COVID-19 prevention and treatment: a vaccine, an antiviral drug, and monoclonal antibodies, which use cells from recovered patients to help others.

Upcoming Research Events

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