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Catalyzing Innovation

Over the last five years alone, more than 15 UNC students have accepted jobs at Eastman, a materials and specialty additives company in Kingsport, Tennessee. On top of hiring Carolina grads, the company supports research projects across four departments within three schools at UNC, creating a successful model for how industry partnerships function at the university.

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Building Strategic partnerships

Our office is committed to fostering mutually beneficial relationships with our partners in business and industry
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Leaders in research

Carolina’s network of centers and institutes help move discoveries into practice and technologies into the marketplace
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Our team is focused on matching industry’s needs with the University’s mission of research, teaching, learning, and public service
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in the U.S. for federal
research among universities


in research activity annually


Largest US research university in research volume & annual expenditures


of all UNC system research is performed by UNC-Chapel Hill


Infectious Diseases

UNC is recognized globally as a leader in infectious disease research for breakthrough and advances in the fight against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, SARS, and MERS.

The School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases is ranked by U.S. News & World Report, among the nation’s top-10 HIV/AIDS specialty programs.

Cancer Research

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the National Cancer Institute’s 69 designated centers, conduct multidisciplinary cancer research from the laboratory to the bedside.

Scientists at UNC recently developed a device with the potential to transform treatment for pancreatic cancer, using electrical fields to drive chemotherapy drugs into hard-to-treat tumors.

Public Health

The Gillings School of Public Health ranks first among the nation’s public universities.

Its researchers specialize in maternal and child health, nutrition, environmental sciences and engineering, epidemiology, health behavior, health policy, and biostatistics. Population scientists at the school have partnered with the UNC Lineberger Center to identify patterns of cancer occurrence in North Carolina, determine their causes, and devise prevention strategies for at-risk groups.

Social Sciences

Ranked second in the nation in social science and first in psychology research funding, UNC combines top-rate disciplinary departments with interdisciplinary centers and institutes to untangle the many factors influencing human behavior and health.

The nation’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal study on adolescent health is based at UNC. It recently received $28 million from NIH to continue collecting data that allows researchers to better understand how teens’ health, social experience, genetic profile, and living environments influence their health and behavior later in life.