UNCG Research

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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 Engagement.

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

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

The Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement 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.

referraldeskInstitute for Community and Economic Engagement

ICEE recognizes and supports the essential interconnections between scholarship and community and economic partnerships. The institute serves as a central communication hub about engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes. Engage with and be inspired by the Collaboratory, where UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners share their projects and impact. Grow your relationships and activities through the Referral Desk, which connects callers with the right campus and community partners and resources.

Innovation Partnership Services and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center

The Innovation Partnership Services Office and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center provide expertise and resources in entrepreneurship and innovation. IPSO guides you through the process of protecting your intellectual property, managing your external collaborations, expanding your network, commercializing discoveries, and finding additional research support to create the most impact from your university work. NCEC helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and serves as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. The center promotes innovation across the campus and in the community through public service and community engagement, education, and research.


Connect with the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office, the Graduate School, and the Office of Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Education (Beyond Academics).

Government Relations

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

Centers & Institutes 

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.

Networks & Coalitions 

Several research networks have been established to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities at UNCG. Composed of faculty 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.

Other Helpful Engage Links


See what’s happening in the UNCG Research and Engagement world and tell our community about your upcoming activities.

Engagement News

Impact Stories


Mission and History

Facilities and Resources