A Community of Thinkers and Doers
Centennial Campus is a leading research park with an essential difference: proximity to talent. Unlike other university research campuses, we’re inseparable from the university we serve — and from the wider Research Triangle.
We’re home to key NC State academic units, to labs, companies, core facilities, amenities and one of the world’s most advanced libraries. Students, faculty, university staff, and corporate and public-sector partners rub shoulders and cross paths as part of a vibrant community.
NC State is a national research powerhouse renowned for its real-world focus and its success in partnering with industry and government. We excel at both basic and applied research — at breaking new ground and bringing new products to market.
Research at NC State
Research and Innovation
Explore the Office of Research and Innovation, the driving force behind the university's research mission.
Strategic Research Areas
Discover the five areas that define NC State's research focus — and how we engage with the wider world.
A World-Class Research Environment
Centennial Campus houses leading-edge facilities and laboratories for engineering, agriculture and life sciences, and textiles, as well as a host of acclaimed centers and institutes.
The Office of Research and Innovation also oversees six Shared Core Research Facilities that offer cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation — as well as project consultation and hands-on training. Half of these core facilities are physically located on Centennial.
NC State is one vertex in the Research Triangle, maintaining close ties to UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. We’re also close to a host of other universities in North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard, as well as Washington, D.C. and nearby government agencies.
Centers and Institutes
We're building the smart electric grid of tomorrow at one of our two NSF Engineering Research Centers.
We're developing wearable electronics and sensors that provide essential insights — and even save lives.
We're advancing wide bandgap semiconductors to power innovation in American manufacturing.
IBM Q Hub
We're the first university in North America to host a hub for IBM's efforts in quantum computing — a $15 billion industry.
#2 for Industry Expenditures
Among public universities without a medical school, NC State leads in research sponsored by the private sector.
A Home for Top Researchers — and Emerging Talent
New and established faculty from around the world are attracted to NC State’s top-tier research enterprise. Centennial Campus offers opportunities to engage with a wealth of minds tackling the world’s most pressing problems — and it fosters collaboration between faculty, student talent, government agencies and the best in business.
NC State is renowned for its cross-disciplinary approach. Nature ranks us among the top contributors to highly collaborative journal publications and our interdisciplinary faculty cluster program is held up as a national model.
Within North Carolina, we’re the flagship university for startups and entrepreneurship. In 2018, 28 startups and spinoffs launched from the UNC System — and 21 of them came from NC State. We’re known for our excellence in turning new ideas into products and services, and our flexible approach makes things straightforward for researchers and partners alike.