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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:

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Data Science

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Infectious Disease

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Opportunity, Well-Being, and Culture

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Precision Health and Society

In Pursuit

Algal Blooms Pose Possible Respiratory Threat:

Blue-green algae pose a danger to human and animal health by producing neurotoxins and liver toxins. When bubbles burst at the surface, they can create a spray of microscopic aerosol that carries these cells into the air — sometimes up to two miles. A team at the Institute of Marine Sciences is assessing the impact these algal blooms have on North Carolina.

Carolina Research in the News | Earlier News Stories…

How Cancer Research Helped Develop COVID-19 Treatment

Researchers at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gillings School of Public Health, and Eschelman School of Pharmacy have been studying immunology drugs to fight viruses and viral cancer for years. Now, their work is helping COVID-19 research.

Experts From Gillings’ Role In NBA’s COVID-19 “Bubble”

When the NBA restarted its 2019-2020 season with playoffs in a “bubble,” UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and a current graduate student helped the league protect its players and close out its season successfully with zero cases of COVID-19.

What influences states’ adoption of pre-K programs?

A UNC School of Education study sought to understand why five states still don’t have public pre-K programs, meaning that each year a quarter million 4-year-olds do not have access to those academic benefits.