Funding Priority

Getting Ideas to Market Faster

Universities are known for their slow-moving ways, but in today’s fast-changing technological environment, we must focus on methods and ideas that accelerate the pace of moving entrepreneurial ideas with commercial promise or social impact to markets and people in North Carolina and around the world. 

Innovate and Impact

    The Great Convergence

    The most ambitious capital project in Carolina history,  the UNC Science Complex drives creative collaboration, with faculty and students coming together to solve the world’s biggest problems. We’ve already taken huge strides in forward-looking areas such as applied physical sciences and biomedical engineering, building the groundwork for the ultimate step in interdisciplinary innovation: the UNC Institute for Convergent Science.

    The final piece of the Science Complex, the Institute for Convergent Science will connect the life sciences to the health and biomedical sciences, fostering collaboration to answer such questions as, “What if polymer composite aircraft wings could be as light as feathers?” or “What if new membrane materials enabled global water desalinization?”

    The Institute for Convergent Science is also a Signature Initiative in this campaign. Find out more here.

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    Alumni

    Farm to Lab

    “My heart is always at UNC.”

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    Health

    Advancing Cancer Research and Care Across Carolina and the Globe

    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.

    Donor

    Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative: Every Dollar Matters

    “This program literally saved [my daughter’s] life.”

    Research

    Breaking Down Precision Medicine

    UNC Lineberger designs, develops and delivers CAR-T therapy to to attack cancers.

    Patient

    From Cancer Patient to Volunteer

    “In this position I feel like I’ve been given a purpose, and I wouldn’t have had this opportunity before. To be a part of cancer therapies, even my own, is a very special thing.”

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    Donor

    Inclusion in Early Education

    The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center engages young children with disabilities in STEM activities.