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Carolina researchers routinely discover and conceive technologies that have the potential to change the world. Such advancements could mean treatments for a life-threatening disease, technologies that purify drinking water, practices that improve bedside care of patients, policies that strengthen our state’s economy and natural resources, and intellectual and artistic exchange.

What is research translation?

At Carolina, an abundance of discovery science and creative endeavors have exciting potential for application. Research translation advances the development of promising early-stage, problem-driven research concepts through assessment of their translational value to the creation of products and services that benefit society. It bridges the gap between research and the marketplace, making innovations more attractive to potential partners and maximizing value for the research teams, the University, and society.

However, further development of these technologies is often necessary to realize their impact. At Carolina, developmental resources are provided by, depending on stage, by organizations like the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), Innovate Carolina, the Office of Technology Commercialization, and the OVCR’S Institute for Convergent Science, a hub for innovation.

Supporting research translation

One of the challenges that researchers sometimes face is understanding which mechanism might best support their efforts. Our office helps researchers identify and connect with suitable funding and support, moving research discoveries toward eventual products.

Available ResourcesExplore available resources for every phase of the translation process.

Research Translation News

  • Two teams selected as Creativity Hubs award winners

    The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022-2023 competitive funding for the Creativity Hubs Pilot Award: Development of a Novel Platform Approach to Expand the Degradable Proteome led by Lindsey James and the Systems Science Hub: Youth Mental Health co-led by Samantha Schilling and Paul Lanier.

  • Research Funding

    UNC-Chapel Hill receives $70 million NIH Grant to build upon a robust translational science environment

    The Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH will accelerate high-impact research that improves human health and advances health equity by providing continued funding for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, the academic hub of the CTSA program at the School of Medicine.

More research translation news


Investigation, discovery, & early development


Pre-commercial ecosystem for development activities


Management, technology licensing, & new venture support


Supporting product development & company growth

OVCR Resources

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) provides funding initiatives and award programs that accelerate the work of Carolina researchers to develop solutions to scientific challenges that benefit North Carolina and beyond. The office provides guidance and support to help faculty investigators pursue commercialization-focused goals. OVCR resources include technical development expertise and know-how, funding, specialized technologies, and potential partnerships with other faculty experts and external entities.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Commercial Impact*

Research-based Startups

U.S. Patents Issued

Inventions Disclosed

Licensing Revenue

* Lifetime totals