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…

Progress for Malarial Vaccination

The world’s first malaria vaccine begins its pilot program in Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya this month. The project, led by UNC and UNC Project Malawi researchers, will evaluate the vaccine’s capabilities to later inform decisions about widespread use.

Diversifying Staff Helps Campaigns, Study Finds

Democratic campaigns hire more staffers from private institutions than Republican ones, new research from UNC finds. Hiring staffers from a variety of educational and socioeconomic backgrounds could help campaigns reach voters and introduce fresh ideas.

Carolina Professor Named Pulitzer Prize Finalist

“Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition” by history professor W. Fitzhugh Brundage has been called indispensable, remarkable, and essential reading. For his dive into the story of torture in America, Brundage has been named a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History.

Tainayah Thomas

Woman in Science: Tainayah Thomas

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health doctoral student Tainayah Thomas focuses on improving health care delivery and disease prevention for African Americans, Latinos, and other ethnically diverse populations.