We Solve Problems
Wherever it starts — in a lab on campus, in a field in rural North Carolina, on an island in the Pacific — NC State research finds the same destination: the real world. Our faculty and students engage with real problems, and they find real solutions. Our researchers have developed energy-saving smart transformers and life-saving bomb sensors, handheld radiation detectors and cancer-killing nanodaisies. Our research gets results.
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We Build Partnerships
Innovation is a team sport. That’s why we reach out to partners across the public and private sectors in our search for global solutions. NC State’s Centennial Campus, an award-winning national model for public-private research campuses, houses more than 70 government, industry and nonprofit partners along with more than 70 NC State research and academic units.
We’re working with the National Science Foundation to develop self-powered medical sensors and roll out the smart power grid, and we’re collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy and private partners to build a clean-energy manufacturing industry. In every partnership, we work for more than our own interests: We seek solutions that will serve all of society.
Research in Action
NC State researchers are fighting Zika on multiple fronts: designing innovative, mosquito-proof fabrics; developing mathematical models that describe the spread of infections; genetically engineering mosquitos to suppress transmission; arguing for better biotechnology regulation; and working on a one-shot vaccine that could grant lifetime immunity against the virus.
We Bring Minds Together
The grand challenges facing the world don’t mimic the neat organizational structure of a traditional university. Take hunger, for example: As the climate changes, population grows and arable land shrinks, it’s going to take a collaborative approach to ensure reliable access to plant-based food sources.
NC State researchers in biology, computer engineering and environmental engineering are merging botany and big data to determine why some plants wither under stress while others thrive. We’re finding new ways to bridge the disciplines every day, from hiring faculty in interdisciplinary clusters to launching a new College of Sciences to make collaboration easier.
Partnerships and Collaboration
Fresh approaches to working with industry and government make us a a national leader in partnership.
Cracking the CRISPR Code
NC State faculty are on the forefront of revolutionary research into CRISPR, an adaptive immune system.
NC State is creating new frontiers by hiring more than 50 faculty members to work in interdisciplinary fields.
We Engage Students
To truly grasp an idea, you have to apply it. Research plays a central role in refining our students’ understanding of what they learn from our world-leading faculty. Research is inherent to the NC State experience, for the freshman studying sociology as well as the postdoctoral researcher in a biomedical lab.
Our students support faculty research on sustainable energy, secure computing, human health and a range of other topics. In their own research projects, NC State students have developed solutions to problems large and small, from protecting elephants and humans in Africa to finding a better way to control agricultural pests.
I've learned so much from hands-on research.”
2016 English graduate with a concentration in teacher education
2016 was a record-breaking year for proposals submitted, awards received, and licenses and options executed.Take a deeper dive into research at NC State.
We Create Prosperity
When faculty, students and partners work across disciplines to solve serious problems, the result of their work benefits everyone.
That’s the net effect — and the constant goal — of NC State research: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity.