Discoveries and solutions

Cures and treatments for disease. New technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. We’re tackling tough challenges with multidisciplinary teams of top scientists and students whose diverse perspectives deliver creative, unprecedented solutions. By fostering and supporting collaborative research teams, Carolina is accelerating new discoveries and solutions to emerging challenges.

University Research Week

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase student participation in research activity. Through lectures, workshops and lab tours, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

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Frank Leibfarth runs experiment.

Carolina's research enterprise

In its third century, UNC-Chapel Hill is harnessing the very best of our fast-changing world. We’re proud to advance knowledge for this and each generation to come.

  • No. 5U.S. university for federal research funding
  • $1.1 billionof sponsored research
  • 767research projects directly address health, education or well-being of North Carolinians
  • 3,000+undergraduates produce original research
  • 11thlargest U.S. research university in research volume and annual expenditures
  • 150faculty are members of the National Academies and other prestigious learned societies

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