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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.

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The Tale of mRNA

UNC played an integral role in conducting clinical trials for the Moderna and Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the years of mRNA research that made the development of these vaccines and trials more efficient.

Biostats and COVID-19 Impact

After studying biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Dr. Bonnie Shook-Sa joined the faculty. She researches statistical methods, health inequities & infectious diseases. When the pandemic arrived, she offered a more accurate picture of COVID-19 impact.

Reducing Carbon Footprint With Oysters and Marsh Grass

When it comes to helping in the fight against climate change, reducing your carbon footprint is a regularly suggested tactic. By burying carbon deposits into the sediment of a saltmarsh created by researchers, a project at the UNC Institute for Marine Sciences is helping Carolina do just that.