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COVID-19: One Year Later

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

Pandemic Worsens Depression, Anxiety Among First-Year College Students

After surveying 419 first-year college students about their mental health before and after the pandemic began, UNC researchers discovered that the prevalence of moderate to severe anxiety among this group increased by 40 percent, and moderate to severe depression increased by 48 percent.

Carolina Research in the News | Earlier News Stories…

Tracking A Virus Villain

Federal COVID-19 funding allocated by the N.C. General Assembly is supporting vital research by Carolina scientists, who are keeping tabs on the deadly coronavirus using wastewater and nasal test swabs.

Being Too Humble Can Hurt You

Modesty is a universally admired trait. But researchers at UNC Kenan-Flagler found refraining from sharing achievements and successes can have negative impacts on people’s personal and professional relationships and reputation.

Preserving Carolina Voices

“Archives are a way of speaking to the future.” The University Libraries launched the UNC Story Archive to preserve authentic voices & lived experiences from the campus community, providing vital records beyond statistics & administrative memos.