UNC grants awarded for research

The UNC system has awarded six three-year grants to researchers in key fields such as carbon electronics, data science, drug-delivery technology and vaccine manufacturing.

A total of $9 million will go to teams of researchers from East Carolina University, N.C. Central University, N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte. The projects were chosen from among 74 initial research proposals.

The awards are the first in what’s being called the UNC Research Opportunities Initiative. It was funded by a $3 million annual appropriation by the legislature last year to address the UNC system’s five-year strategic plan. Priority research areas eligible for awards include: advanced manufacturing; marine and coastal science; defense, military, and security; pharmacoengineering; energy; and data sciences.