Research at UNC has quadrupled over the past 15 years, firmly establishing Carolina as one of America’s top-ranked research universities.

5th top-ranked
university in the United States for federal research, totaling $676M annually

$1.10 Billion
UNC conducts more than one billion dollars of sponsored research from all sources annually, making it the 11th largest US research university in research volume and annual expenditures

62%
UNC-Chapel Hill performs more than half of all UNC system research

EXCEPTIONALISM

150 faculty at UNC are members of the National Academies & prestigious learned societies
// UNC Research, 2018

2 Nobel Laureates
// Royal Swedish Academy of Science

21st most cited university in the world
// CWUR, 2018-19

RESEARCH COLLABORATION

// UNC RAMSeS, 2018

$586 million in multi-investigator projects

$467 million in multi-department projects

$330 million in multi-school projects

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH

Nearly 1,250 postdoctoral fellows
// UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, 2018

13th in the nation for the number of postdoctoral fellows in science and health
//  Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2016

FEDERAL INVESTMENT

17th in the US for federally funded biological and biomedical sciences research
// HERD Survey, 2017

The National Institutes of Health is UNC’s largest federal funder, awarding more than $432M in 2018 for more than 800 projects
// UNC RAMSeS, 2018

1st in the nation for federally funded social and behavioral science research and development
// COSSA, 2018

3rd among the nation’s Schools of Public Health for NIH funding
// NIH RePORTER, 2018

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

19th in the US for privately sponsored clinical trials
// HERD Survey, 2017

$33 million in annual clinical trials research
// HERD Survey, 2017

$57 million in annual R&D from private industry sponsors
// UNC RAMSeS, 2018

NATIONAL RANKINGS AND RESEARCH EXPENDITURES BY FIELD

// HERD Survey, 2017

3rd social sciences research, $108M

5th health sciences research, $634M

1st psychology research, $52M