Whether bettering communities or commercializing the next big idea, great accomplishments are made possible when we bring community and university-based knowledge together. Community leaders, nonprofits, large and small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and scholars connect through the Office of Research and Economic Development.
Jump start your endeavors and maximize your impact by taking advantage of our contacts, educational resources, and cross-campus, cross-community perspective.
Portals to Engagement
The Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development oversees community and economic engagement efforts on campus, research administration and compliance, and eight interdisciplinary research centers. The Vice Chancellor also oversees the University’s relationships with local, regional, and national foundations and helps coordinate UNCG’s overall corporate and foundation fundraising strategy.
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement helps advance UNCG’s priorities in economic development, technology commercialization, industry collaboration, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development. The Associate Vice Chancellor creates partnerships that link university, government, and industry resources to address economic development needs. Click here to learn about UNCG engagement in downtown Greensboro.
The Institute for Community & Economic Engagement recognizes the essential interconnections between scholarship and economic, cultural, and community engagement. 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. Engage with and be inspired by The Community Engagement Collaboratory, where UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners share their shared projects and impact. Grow your relationships and activities through the Referral Desk, which will connect you with the right campus and community partners and resources.
The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, along with the Office of Innovation Commercialization, provides 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.
Connect with the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office, the Graduate School, and the Office of Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Education (Beyond Academics).
The Office of Government Relations serves as the primary point of contact for the University’s government affairs. The office works with the NC Congressional delegation, Executive Branch agencies, Congressional committees, and the national higher education research community on policy and funding issues affecting UNCG’s students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Government Relations also works with state elected officials, as well as state legislative, and executive branch staff. In addition to monitoring, tracking, and reporting on federal and state policy and funding priorities, the Office of Government Relations coordinates and participates in visits to Capitol Hill and the General Assembly with UNCG faculty and staff to promote the University’s federal and state advocacy agenda.
Centers & Networks
UNCG centers and institutes strengthen and enrich programs around our core missions of research, service, and instruction. They provide our faculty, staff, and students with greater research opportunities, facilities, and assistance, as well as enhance their involvement in public service and educational activities. Centers and institutes also have a strong positive impact on the economic development of the state by providing job opportunities, supplying technical assistance and training, fostering community development, and enhancing the transfer of new technology.
Several research networks have been established to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities at UNCG. Composed of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflect a core theme, these networks capitalize on and leverage UNCG’s strengths by coordinating and facilitating collaborations and enhancing research, scholarship and teaching.