SERVING NORTH CAROLINA, CHANGING THE WORLD

UNC-Chapel Hill is a top-ranked public R1 research university and member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). UNC houses five major health affairs schools (Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing) on our main campus, adjacent to our College of Arts & Sciences and co-located with a statewide health care system and five on-campus hospitals. This arrangement drives a highly collaborative culture among scientists of all disciplines that helps make possible our $1 billion in annual research activity. UNC is home to over 50 research centers and institutes and is one of the three corners of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, along with neighbors Duke University and N.C. State University.

By fostering and supporting collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, UNC Research is accelerating
new discoveries and solutions to emerging challenges in these areas:

icon of a brain.BRAIN
Discovering the biology and diseases of the nervous system and drivers of human behavior.
icon of a cancer ribbon.CANCER
Improving lives through cancer research and advancing cancer prevention, detection, treatment and health practice.

icon of a cloud with numbers falling from it.DATA SCIENCE
Developing and applying big data tools to solve scientific and societal problems.
icon of a leaf.ENVIRONMENT
The study of natural systems, global environmental change, resilience, and health.

icon of an arrow pointing up.OPPORTUNITY, WELL-BEING, AND CULTURE
Exploring how opportunities shape success and well-being over a person’s lifetime and across societies; and humanities as a lens for understanding our world.
icon of the health plus sign.PRECISION HEALTH AND SOCIETY
Tailoring health care practice, delivery and therapeutics to unique individual circumstances, using factors from genetics to social and environmental influences.


Research Funding Initiatives and Award Programs

The Vice Chancellor for Research’s funding Initiatives and award programs accelerate the work of UNC researchers with diverse perspectives to develop solutions to scientific challenges, promote creative pursuits, and benefit North Carolina and the world. Through these initiatives, we seek to build a culture of collaboration that promotes discovery and curiosity, supports creative inventions, and recognizes and rewards exceptional performance.

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