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

    It is well known that innovative approaches and solutions often result from the serendipitous collision of ideas, research and technologies. The art of convergence is to make this serendipity routine; supporting the long and difficult journey from innovative idea to transformational product, technology or solution. Convergent science sparks and accelerates the kinds of multidisciplinary collaborations that will enable UNC-Chapel Hill’s global scientific and creative communities to address today’s most complex challenges.

    A key component of Carolina’s convergent science mission, the UNC Institute for Convergent Science (ICS) is, at its very core, about bringing radically multidisciplinary teams together to address society’s most intractable problems. Located in Carolina’s premier science research facility, the UNC Genome Sciences Building, ICS brings the very best commercialization process to the University’s more than $1.1 billion research enterprise.

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

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    Research

    Collaboration leads to early identification

    The potential to identify autism in infancy

    Sciences

    A scientific gamechanger

    Editing along ethical boundaries

    Research

    The Ecologist of Infectious Diseases

    Looking at the riskiest factors of COVID-19 transmission

    Health

    Deepening Our Understanding

    Using next generation sequencing to better understand COVID-19

    Research

    Accelerating COVID-19 Research

    A new fund will provide immediate support to Carolina’s COVID-19 research teams.

    Health

    Selfless Science

    UNC and NASA collaborate to study COVID-19