Welcome to UNCG Research


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UNCG Research operates out of the MHRA Building on Spring Garden Street.

UNCG Research is about building healthy lives and vibrant communities. At the Office of Research and Economic Development, we foster excellence and continued growth in the areas of research, creative activity, and community and economic engagement. Together, the organizations under the UNCG Research umbrella provide the infrastructure and unique expertise we need to achieve distinction in research and scholarship across all disciplines.

Stay abreast of important happenings in the UNCG Research community by checking out our Spotlights and Events sections.



Dr. Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Mr. Bryan Toney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development

Dr. Valera Francis, Director for the Office of Sponsored Programs

Ms. Cristy McGoff, Director for the Office of Research Integrity

Dr. Emily M. Janke, Director, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, Special Assistant for University Research Projects

Mr. L. Staton Noel, Director for the Office of Innovation Commercialization


Our History

The first and current Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Terri Shelton

The last Associate Provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships, Dr. Rosemary Wander

UNCG created the Office of Research in 1999 to report to the Provost in the Division of Academic Affairs. As the newly-established Associate Provost for Research (APR), Dr. Peter Alfonso directed this office. In the spring of 2001, Dr. Rosemary Wander replaced Alfonso, first as an Interim APR and then, in August 2002, as the second APR to head the Office of Research. At this time, the name of the unit changed to the Office of Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships, reflecting the broadening mission of the office.

In 2006, through the efforts of the office, our administration, and our faculty, UNCG achieved Carnegie Foundation classification as a comprehensive doctoral research university with “high research activity.” UNCG also received recognition from the Carnegie Foundation in 2008 in the Community Engagement classifications of 1) curricular engagement and 2) outreach and partnerships.

In recognition of our growing roles and responsibilities, UNCG expanded our unit in 2009 into the Office of Research and Economic Development, which was to be led by a Vice Chancellor. After filling the position as an Interim for a year, Dr. Terri Shelton took the helm in 2010 as the first UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.


Research Administration

Your idea is complex. Finding support to bring it to life doesn’t have to be.

We’ll help you find funding, identify partners and resources, and navigate the administrative side of your work, while you focus on bringing your research to life.

Office of Innovation Commercialization guides you through the process of protecting your intellectual property, commercializing your discoveries, and finding research support from corporate sponsors.

The Office of Research Integrity provides oversight and education related to the protection of human and animal research participants. The ORI is your resource for concerns regarding the responsible conduct of research at UNCG.

The Office of Sponsored Programs manages your awards, supports and coordinates proposal preparation and submission, and helps you identify sources of funding.

The Spartan Electronic Research Administration computing systems streamline the administrative side of scholarly life. SERA systems simplify proposal and award processes, research participant data management, innovation disclosures, and more.


Research Advisory Council

Connect to a culture of support and mentorship.

The Research Advisory Council is here to support you in your scholarly and creative endeavors. RAC brings the primary research administrators from each UNCG academic unit together with representatives from our campus-wide research centers and other groups crucial to the support of research activities, such as University Libraries and Information Technology Services. As an advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, the council seeks to promote a positive research culture, expand research opportunities, and continually improve research administration.

When you embark on a new scholarly or creative endeavor, contact your RAC representative. Your representative will help you develop a successful research strategy that best utilizes the infrastructure and support systems available at UNCG. And remember: the earlier you contact your representative, the better they can assist you.


Community and Economic Engagement

We make a difference for you, so your work can make a difference for everyone.

We have the experience and connections necessary to jump start your endeavors. Take advantage of our contacts, educational resources, and cross-campus and cross-community perspective to maximize your impact.

The Institute for Community and Economic Engagement recognizes the essential interconnections between scholarship and economic, cultural, and community engagement. We know that great accomplishments are made possible when we bring community- and university-based knowledge together. ICEE serves as a central communication hub about community and economic engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes. We encourage, elevate, and amplify your efforts to address issues of importance to our Piedmont Triad community, state, nation, and world.

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center along with the Office of Innovation Commercialization (see above) provide expertise and resources in entrepreneurship and innovation. As a portal between our university and external community, the NCEC inspires people to think entrepreneurially, educates through new kinds of learning, connects nascent entrepreneurs with those who have been successful, and, ultimately, helps create new career paths that allow you to follow your passions. Come to the NCEC and the OIC for help in starting and growing your enterprise.


Our Mission

The Office of Research and Economic Development  provides support and strategic direction to faculty, staff and students for research and creative endeavors resulting in  scholarship, innovation, economic development, and community engagement. Fostering a culture of research integrity, the Office promotes a vigorous and robust learning environment, supports innovation, and facilitates reciprocal partnerships that transform the public research university for the 21st century, making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves.