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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    Leadership

    Endless Possibilities

    "I am fueled by a passion to bring people together through inclusivity."

    Student Support

    From Admission to Recovery

    UNC School of Nursing is taking charge to address nursing shortages in the U.S.

    Alumni

    Building Something Great

    “We tackle big world problems with smart people right here in North Carolina.”

    Donor

    The Tools to Change the World

    “I train students who aren’t afraid to be different and strive to leave their own mark on society.”

    Community

    No Quick Fixes

    Carolina researchers are working to reduce nationwide opioid overdose.

    Entrepreneurship

    Harnessing Seaweed’s Full Potential

    Carolina students are changing the world.