Tracking a Virus Villain

Federal funding is supporting vital research by Carolina scientists.


Federal funding is supporting vital research by Carolina scientists.

While we have made significant progress in deciphering and treating COVID-19, there are still a host of unanswered questions related to the virus.

As we continue to learn more about the virus, we must also continue to explore and survey it. The N.C. General Assembly recognizes this and has allocated $15 million of the latest federal COVID-19 funding to the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory based at Carolina.

“Some of the new funding will go to determining not only the best way to track these variants but also the broadest way to do that, to generate data from across the state of North Carolina and not just at a few key locations,” said researcher Rachel Noble of the Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “We’re out to serve more of North Carolina.”

The General Assembly established the Collaboratory in 2016 to put the research expertise across the UNC System to practical use by state and local governments. This funding will allow that mission to thrive in the realm of coronavirus research.

Read the complete Carolina Story…Opens in new window

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Funding Priorities

Readers Also Viewed...

Global Impact

Trailblazers in Pandemic Preparedness

New universal coronavirus vaccine could prevent future pandemics.

A screenshot of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Humanitarian Health fellows and volunteers.
Global Impact

Students on the Frontlines of Humanitarian Health

The Humanitarian Health Initiative leverages Carolina's global health expertise in support of humanitarian efforts around the world.

Patients walk into the University of Zambia School of Medicine Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
Global Impact

A new device for saving lives

UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Zambia researchers are tackling global maternal and child health issues while providing quality services to women and children in Zambia.

Joe Brown poses in the foreground of a lab.

A Human Right

Investigating the link between gut infections and poor infrastructure in underserved rural communities in the U.S. South


What is ‘safe’ sanitation?

Early results from a UNC Water Institute study are upending much of what we thought we knew about safe sanitation practices.

Dr. Characklis teaching students

The 3 E’s: Environment, Economics and Engineering

Researching the intersection of environment, economics and engineering