Leader in Research

Ashley Morrison prepares RNA for sequencing at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center on Sept. 23, 2020.

For the second year in a row, awards for research conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill exceeded $1 billion. Overall, the University received more than $1.073 billion in new research awards in Fiscal Year 2021.

Funding from these awards is used to conduct research projects and experiments for external sponsors like federal agencies, industry partners and nonprofit organizations

“More than half of our schools, including the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, saw an increase in awards this past year,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson. “In the face of much adversity, our research teams remained dedicated to cultivating new discoveries that increased investments from our external partners.”

Research at Carolina employs over 10,000 North Carolinians in projects that touch all 100 counties. As most research funding comes from outside of the state, it represents new revenue for North Carolina’s gross state product, and spending on research supports over 4,000 businesses across the state.

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