The University, under the auspices of its Division of Research and Economic Development in conjunction with its six colleges and schools NCCU has established its Research System Approach to Innovation and Sustainability. This system approach involves basic research ranging from biomedical/biotechnology to pharmaceutical sciences to social and behavioral sciences focused on solving problems that affect the citizens of North Carolina. It is also conducting research in health disparities, nanotechnology/carbon nanotubes, robotics, polymers and green energy. Research efforts at NCCU is designed not only prepare students as the next generation of scientists; but, to address current and future challenging that impacts our society economically and/or socially.
North Carolina Central University’s research activities are carried out through two major research institutes, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), and, The Golden Leaf Foundation Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE). In addition to the two major research institutes, NCCU offers academic degrees through its two colleges (College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences) and four schools (School of Business, School of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences and School of Law), which are intimately involved in ongoing research activities.
The research activities are supported by an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Office of Contracts and Grants, and, an office of Research Compliance. The purpose of the offices listed are to assist faculty and staff with proposals, ensure the integrity of all university research activities as well as compliance with NCCU, UNC-System, State and Federal guidelines and restrictions.
The mission of the Division is to provide the leadership for strengthening and enhancing the University’s academic programs through research and economic development Initiatives campus-wide. The mission of the Division is driven by the premise that the university is in continuous pursuit of excellence.