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Federal, state, industry, and non-profit partnerships are crucial elements to the success of research activity at Carolina. Partners are attracted to our global reputation, cutting-edge research, and culture of collaboration.

Partner with UNC

Industry and Foundation Partnerships

The Corporate and Foundation Relations office is dedicated to fostering successful collaborations between the University and corporations and foundations.

Technology and Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) forges relationships with external partners in industry and business to help structure partnerships that bring UNC-Chapel Hill research to market. OTC is responsible for managing all aspects of UNC-Chapel Hill intellectual property.

Biomedical Partnerships

Clinical Trials

The Office of Clinical Trials processes contracts with private industry and other entities to perform clinical trials at UNC-Chapel Hill.


The NC TraCS Institute is the medical research institution home for clinical and translational research here at Carolina.

School of Pharmacy: Office of Global Engagement

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is recognized as one of the leading schools of pharmacy in the U.S. in training pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is uniquely positioned to expand its education mission and research enterprise globally through strategic partnerships.

Entrepreneurial Initiatives

The Chancellor’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Chancellor’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship works to strengthen UNC’s innovation ecosystem to meet the needs of faculty, students, staff, and community members as they translate their novel ideas into practical benefit and change the world.

KickStart Venture Services

KickStart Venture Services (formerly Carolina KickStart) provide support for faculty in commercializing biomedical technologies through startup generation.

Launch Chapel Hill

Launch Chapel Hill is a new incubator established by the town of Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Orange County, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


StartUp-UNC is a series of courses designed to teach, empower and inspire entrepreneurial teams at UNC to launch commercial businesses and social ventures. Teams may comprise any mix of students, faculty, staff, and alumni at UNC.

The Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses.

Find an Expert

University Communications: Experts

A searchable database of UNC experts available for contact with the media.

Database of Faculty with International Expertise

This database enhances and streamlines access to information on the international expertise of faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is free of charge and available to faculty, students, and the general public.

Centers & Institutes

Browse a list of centers, institutes, and laboratories conducting research at UNC.