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Faculty / Research

Through their teaching and scholarship, our faculty, including tenure-stream and fixed-term, exemplify Carolina’s ideal of inclusive and intellectual leadership that inspires students in the classroom, clinic, studio, library and lab—and they advance disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Faculty are accomplished in their fields of study, and according to the 2010 Top American Research Universities annual report from The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University, UNC ranks 15th among public research institutions in terms of the number of faculty members who have been inducted into the National Academies.

Research and Scholarship

Carolina’s research enterprise has doubled in the last decade, reaching nearly $800 million in extramural support in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Highlighted research and scholarship rankings include:

  • 1st (in an 8-way tie) among the nation’s public research universities (Top American Research Universities, 2012)
  • 9th in federal research and development expenditures (NSF, 2012)
  • 11th in overall research and development expenditures (NSF, 2012)
  • 7th among all universities in health and human services expenditures, including the National Institutes of Health (NSF, 2012)
  • 47th among the world’s top 400 universities (Times Higher Ed., 2013–14)
  • 20th among U.S. universities and 31st in world ranking (University Ranking by Academic Performance, 2013-14)

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Economic Impact

Carolina’s research portfolio has extensive impact globally and has led to scientific breakthroughs. Additionally, here in North Carolina, research awards have transformed federal funds into extensive revenue opportunities for residents and businesses. Using U.S. government multipliers, Carolina’s $788 million in research funding generated at least $945 million in economic impact and more than 13,000 jobs.