Skip to main content

Making A Big Campus Smaller

To help faculty members secure funding for their research, the UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, along with Industry Relations, works with campus partners that include the UNC Office of Research Development, Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Technology Commercialization, among others. For additional information about research at UNC-Chapel Hill, visit UNC Research, Innovate Carolina or Endeavors.

Illustrative Examples

  • ENRICH Carolinas: In 2019, The Duke Endowment provided awards totaling $5 million to the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at the Gillings School of Global Public Health for ENRICH Carolinas, to improve maternity practices for mothers and babies in hospitals across North and South Carolina.
  • Clare Boothe Luce: In 2017, the Henry Luce Foundation provided a $300,000 grant for UNC’s Clare Boothe Luce graduate fellowships program, which supports four outstanding women students in Chemistry.
  • Humanities for the Public Good: In 2017, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invested $1.5 million in Humanities for the Public Good, which supports humanities and humanistic scholarship that is closely engaged with publics across the state and nation.
  • ViiV Healthcare / GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): This company is sponsoring a basic and clinical HIV research partnership with UNC over five years with a $20 million contribution to establish a dedicated HIV center. This partnership was renewed in March 2020.
  • Eastman Chemical and UNC have entered into a collaborative chemistry and material sciences research agreement with Eastman, who is providing a minimum of $1.5 million in support over the course of six years. This partnership was renewed in August 2019.
  • BASF Corporation and UNC developed a partnership in May 2020. This partnership will facilitate easier collaboration between industry and academia on the journey to jointly address global challenges such as climate change, food security, and scarcity of resources.
  • HanesBrands Inc. invested $1 million to establish the Champion Sustainability Fund at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The new fund will support innovative programs that integrate sustainability practices into the university’s research, education and service activities.


Our office is a part of a community of partners that has resulted in more than 100 startups and 800 new patents since 1994.

For more information, contact the Office of Foundation Relations and Industry Engagement at or 919-962-9600.