Innovate through Strategic InitiativesWe promote innovative, interdisciplinary research at UNC and partner with a range of public and private stakeholders to translate new discoveries into transformative interventions that meet the needs of diverse communities. Strategic investments in seed grants, pilot programs, and implementation evaluations will enable innovation that will benefit thousands of children and families across the state and the nation.
- Student Support
Investing in the Next GenerationThe future of Precision Nutrition depends on attracting the brightest thinkers. At UNC NRI, we train doctoral students from a variety of disciplines as part of their degree requirements. These dynamic, young scientists are committed to entering the field of Precision Nutrition and are fully-prepared to meet the challenges they face.
Seeding the Field of DiscoveryInnovation is a process, a series of steps that begins with imagination and ends with something of social value. At UNC Nutrition Research Institute, our scientists start by conceiving something new, or looking at an existing nutrient or metabolic pathway from an entirely novel viewpoint.
Prepare Tomorrow’s ExpertsAt UNC Autism Research Center, we are dedicated to educating the next generation of autism experts. What if we could detect autism in infants? What if we could develop personalized treatment for each individual on the spectrum? What if we could scale the autism treatments we develop at Carolina to reach those individuals who typically can’t access treatment? We can with your support.
A Practical andOur research has a practical and lasting impact on patients, pursuing “bench to bedside” breakthroughs in fighting cancer, HIV, diabetes, heart disease, autism, cystic fibrosis, Zika and more. We understand and share the urgency families feel when a challenge is complex and personal, and our physician-scientists draw inspiration from the challenges to develop research with positive and enduring impact.
Excellence inUNC Medicine provides medical treatment to all North Carolinians who come through our doors, regardless of the complexity of illness or ability to pay. We place patients and their needs at the center of everything. Our diverse teams of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists, partner with patients to meet their specific needs. We must continue to ensure our patients have access to state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology and top-tier physicians and staff.
Working to Eliminate BarriersUNC Medicine is deeply committed to finding solutions to the world's most pressing health issues and eliminating barriers to health care, education and treatment. We bring excellence in research, care and prevention to North Carolina and to our international partners as well. With your help, we can find solutions and deliver health solutions here in North Carolina and beyond.
in N.C. and Beyond
Of the People,UNC Medicine is deeply committed to meeting the needs of all who reside in North Carolina. Our hospitals offer expert translation services in a variety of other languages. Our clinicians are specially trained to work with people who have been affected by neglect or violence, providing the compassionate and specialized care they require. UNC Medicine’s reach extends far beyond Chapel Hill. We serve people and communities across the state, and our telemedicine service opens new channels for medical practice in underserved rural communities. We also bring excellence in care to our international partners. With your help, we can enhance our presence here and far beyond our state’s borders.
For the People
Innovative Directions: Breaking New GroundIn the world of business, the only constant is change. This applies equally to business education. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, we are constantly pioneering new ways to immerse students in real-world experiences that enrich what’s taught in the classroom through interactive, personalized experiential learning. Your support will enable us to continue to break new ground in innovative approaches to education.
- Global Impact
Providing Service to Our StateOur alumni live and work in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Nearly 80 percent of graduates stay in-state to practice. Our dedication is clear. Whether in local communities or around the world, we aim to bring oral health care to those who need it most, and in turn expose our students to the diversity of patient care. To continue this commitment, we seek funding for our outreach programs, such as student service groups, community rotations, free clinics and international service experiences.
Staying Ahead of the CurveAs one of the top dental schools for NIH funding, we advance research that pushes the boundaries of oral health. To prepare for the future, we must invest in state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge research. We must also secure unrestricted funds to augment state funding.
Multidisciplinary Collaborative CareWe can only advance by broadening our reach, and Carolina’s preeminent health-care enterprise enables us to do so. We look to bolster our interdisciplinary partnerships across campus, such as the UNC Craniofacial Center, the Pain Management Program and Prenatal and Baby Oral Health Programs. These collaborative enterprises will allow the school to continue leading in the fields of dentistry and medicine.
Activate: Apply the Innovation Mindset and Skillset Across the Journey of an IdeaWe support faculty, students and staff who want to put their ideas into practice and thrive in society and the modern innovation economy. Support focuses on three new opportunities: (1) Pathways to Impact Program, (2) Dreamers Who Do Program and (3) Carolina Innovation Passport.
Prepare Future LeadersThe UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s outstanding students represent our best opportunity to create a healthier world. We are committed to providing students with opportunities to grow as practitioners, researchers and problem solvers. To be agile, effective, innovative leaders, our students must have funding for their education, travel, internships, research, conference presentations and other experiences that enable their growth and professional development. You can make a tangible, meaningful difference by investing in these phenomenal scholars.
- Faculty Support
Focus on Faculty:We are revolutionizing the possibilities for healthcare in our research labs every day. From treatments for diseases to discoveries that spark new companies, our school is setting the example for game-changing impact. The research taking place is groundbreaking and highly collaborative.
Investing in the Best
Build a Culture of Innovation and ImpactWe are working to increase the volume and pace at which important ideas improve lives worldwide. As we move further into the 21st century, we must expand our role as a research enterprise that drives innovation. We will collaborate across campus to advance translational research.
A Compellingly Beautiful and Richly Informative GardenTo ensure that we continue fulfilling our mission, we will engage the most experienced and qualified planning experts and landscape architects to develop a comprehensive site plan and implementation strategy to create the most beautiful and informative public garden in the southeastern United States.
EndowmentsSome of our most popular and effective destinations, such as Coker Arboretum, Battle Park and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, would not be possible without their supporting endowments. Endowments allow us to increase our impact around key areas such as general garden support and nearly a dozen internships, and help provide funds for important programs and campus treasures.
The Application of InnovationIn 2014, the school received a historic $100 million commitment—the largest gift from an individual in UNC’s history and the largest gift ever made to a pharmacy school in the United States. The gift from Fred Eshelman, who graduated with a B.S. in pharmacy from Carolina in 1972 and went on to the University of Cincinnati to earn a Pharm. D., created the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The institute is pursuing high-risk, high-reward ideas that advance education, pharmacy practice and healthcare.
Whole EducationWe apply a holistic way of thinking to education, addressing the physical, economic, social and environmental circumstances of each student in their unique context. Our systemic approach ultimately works within and transforms schools and the broader educational landscape. Breaking down barriers lifts up all learners. When you contribute to education, we can lead students to success.
Advancing Health: Facilities SupportCarrington Hall has been the home of Carolina Nursing for five decades. Despite truly dramatic changes in health care and technology, Carrington remains largely unchanged. That it’s past time for a renovation is beyond dispute by University leadership, but we need the help of private donors to fund the upgrades that will allow for the best of today’s teaching methods and new technologies, and ensure our students have access to the most advanced and comprehensive education possible.
- Global Impact
Improving Lives: Local to Global SupportDonor support has made some of the School’s most useful service to our state’s citizens possible. Our mobile health clinic initiative is only one example of a donor-funded program that is already showing great benefits for the underserved in our local community and providing a cost-effective model of practice that can be set in place at points all over the globe. Our faculty export the knowledge and expertise gained through local research and service to improve nursing care worldwide. At Carolina Nursing, your dollars really do go far, and are key to expanding the programs and partnerships that enable this local to global impact.
Invest in People to Find CuresOur battle against cancer is only as effective as the people we engage in the fight — our exceptional team of scientists and care providers who are driven by a desire to do remarkable things for the good of others. We must continue to cultivate these leaders across research, education, prevention and patient care. Our best and brightest faculty are coveted by other leading cancer centers. As a result, we must enhance strategic efforts to retain top faculty and to recruit the next generation of lifesaving scientists and clinicians.
Venture to Seek Scientific SolutionsBreakthroughs come from unexpected places. We must be empowered to take research down bold paths that lead to transformational treatments. With your help we will continue to reimagine the future of patient treatment and care, investing in pioneering research ventures that can alter the course and future of cancer research and treatment, and help uncover cures. We have identified and built up efforts in cellular immunotherapy, cancer genetics, academic drug discovery and big data. These are our “big bets”— research areas that can affect multiple disease types, and in which we also have a competitive advantage across the national landscape.
Translate Research into ResultsBecause of our many interdisciplinary strengths, we have the ability to convert breakthroughs in labs into novel treatments in clinical trials much more rapidly than other institutions. Strengthening these capabilities will lead to more effective therapies, and ensure that our patients have access to more personalized, more advanced and more compassionate treatments. We will continue to provide holistic support and address the needs of all patients and families throughout their entire cancer journey.
Unite Across Population Sciences to Beat CancerCancer treatment and prevention goes beyond the research lab. As a global leader in population sciences, we must continue to use our understanding of social, behavioral, genetic, epidemiological and surveillance research to champion practices and policies that improve cancer prevention and control.
As a nationally recognized cancer researcher and current director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Care Center, Shelton “Shelley” Earp is as comfortable in the lab as he is cheering for the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome.
“I know that I want to do family medicine, and I know that I want to do rural. Everything I need is up here.”