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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    Donor

    Preparing the next generation of energy leaders

    The Duke Energy Foundation funds Carolina programs that prepare future leaders for the energy workforce.

    Caleb King
    Innovation

    A Homecoming for a Convergent Scientist

    When it comes to convergent science, Caleb King is the man to lead the way.

    Health

    Precision Cancer Treatments

    "It's an exciting approach; we hit the tumor hard with little toxicity, leaving room for other therapy."

    Innovation

    Harnessing PRINT

    "I think at the end of the day, we learn the most from those we have the least in common with."

    Innovation

    Virtual Lung Project

    At UNC-Chapel Hill, a team of researchers, including Rich Superfine, see a path toward eliminating lung disease.

    Research

    Clean Water for All

    Individualized Medicine at the Molecular Level