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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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A Legacy of Precision Nutrition

Dr. Steven Zeisel will be stepping down as the UNC Nutrition Research Institute’s director after 13 years, but he leaves behind the legacy of precision nutrition, an approach that recognizes eating as individualistic, not one-size-fits-all.

Anthony Charles

RUNC: Anthony Charles

Anthony Charles, the director of global surgery for the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, works to reduce barriers to surgical access and improve surgical quality and outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

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Carolina Scientists Earn Prestigious Keck Award

UNC scientists Charles Carter, Qi Zhang, and Abigail Knight were awarded $1 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation to answer the age-old question: How did life on Earth begin? They also hope to enhance our understanding of important cellular processes to open new avenues for disease detection and treatment strategies.