About Us

Research is fundamental to the mission of UNC Charlotte. New knowledge and creative works change the world and shape the future of the University.

Research & Economic Development at UNC Charlotte strives to advance the quality, diversity, and growth of research at UNC Charlotte. We place a special value on the translation of research results that impact our social, cultural, and economic communities.

To our faculty, we are committed to providing a sustaining environment where your research, creative, and service activities will flourish. We know that you have dedicated yourselves to discovery and that you work long and hard hours to be successful.  We continue to place a very high priority on the creation and operation of quality research services.

To our partners beyond the University, we are committed to the growth and economic development of the Charlotte region and the State of North Carolina. Our faculty members support this growth by competing globally in their research domains and making their results available for the benefit of society. We particularly welcome research and service partnerships that build on the expertise and interests of our faculty and staff.

Offices and Organizations

Research & Economic Development includes the following offices and organizations:

Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA):  The Office of Grants and Contracts Administration provides transactional support to college-based post-award staff and is responsible for overall sponsored program financial reporting and compliance.  Award Management staff assist with tasks including award set-up and Banner budget entry, cost share, release time, and award close-out.  Cost Analysis deals with recharge units, effort reporting and fringe benefit and F&A proposals. GCA also handles contract negotiation and issues sub-awards to other participating institutions.

Center for Research Excellence (CRE): The Center for Research Excellence provides consultation services to faculty who are developing grant proposals.

Office of Research Protections and Integrity (ORPI): The mission of the Office of Research Protections and Integrity is to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as University policies by partnering with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte research community in support of ethical research practices. The ORPI promotes ethical research practices by providing education, training, and resources to faculty, staff, researchers, and students.  The ORPI oversees several research and research-related areas including human subjects research (IRB), the care and use of laboratory animals (IACUC), the use of biological agents (IBC), export controls, conflicts of interest, and research misconduct.

Office of Research Services and Outreach (RSO):  The Office of Research Services and Outreach is the central administrative office for managing proposal submissions and outreach.

Office of Research Commercialization and Development (ORCD): The Office of Research Commercialization and Development identifies, protects, and commercializes university research and intellectual property.  ORCD works closely with faculty, students, and staff to help bring new technology and innovation to market and assists with the invention and patent process, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and material transfer agreements.

The Office of Industry and Government Partnerships (OIGP): The Office of Industry and Government Partnerships is the portal for business-university partnerships at UNC Charlotte.  Regionally, OIGP works with the community and the campus to accelerate technology commercialization and champions the growth of entrepreneurial ventures.  Globally, OIGP develops intellectual capital through collaborations with industry, government, and academia.

Small Business Development Training Center (SBDTC):  The Small Business Technology and Development Center is a leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Located in PORTAL the SBTDC provides services in areas such as planning, financial management, human resources, marketing, and operations; and training and education for business startups.

Ventureprise: Ventureprise serves as the University‚Äôs entrepreneurial resource and is fully integrated with the business engagement mission of the Office of Industry and Government Partnerships. It is a resource for faculty, researchers, and students seeking to commercialize innovations through new venture formation. Ventureprise is the portal into the university for early-stage entrepreneurs seeking to leverage university resources.