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in research activity annually.
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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

The Difficulties of Ensuring “One Person, One Vote”

North Carolina’s General Assembly passed new legislative maps on November 6, and there’s already a lawsuit about them. Why are we redistricting, what role does the census play, and how is Carolina Demography educating people about the process?

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2021-2022 Creativity Hubs Finalists Announced

The brain. Digital health. Climate science. These are just a few topics the six finalists for 2021-22 Creativity Hubs program want to tackle. Winning teams receive $500,000 in support from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to execute their interdisciplinary projects over the next two years.

UNC Epidemiologist Talks COVID with Legislators

On the same day the U.S. confirmed its first case of the omicron variant, UNC epidemiologist Justin Lessler found himself before a legislative commission answering questions about ongoing efforts to end the pandemic, encouraging state and local governments to promote vaccination.

A New Way to Explore the Night Sky

Carolina physics and astronomy graduate students led by Associate Professor Nick Law spent the past year designing, engineering and developing a new telescope system that will allow researchers to explore previously unseen phenomena.