Research and Innovation

UNCW’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned the university the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution, according to the newly released Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


Gifts supporting the research and innovation enterprise provide resources to enable faculty to conduct ground-breaking research, with students, to address emerging issues in our region, state, and beyond. 


Innovation at UNCW takes many forms. Learn about our translational research and entrepreneurial efforts below.


  • Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) - support the OIC which offers an integrated, "one-stop shopping" resource for identifying, supporting, and enhancing the commercialization of technologies and solutions from the UNCW Community.


  • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) - giving to the CIE nurtures emerging companies and works to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina.


  • Fish 2.0 - Save our coastlines, oceans, and marine life. Help our faculty, students, alumni, and CIE entrepreneurs solve critical problems in the marine environment with new ventures and sustainable technologies. Watch a video about FISH 2.0.


The CIE director, Diane Durance, will give a $1,000 personal donation if $9,000 is donated to the CIE or Fish 2.0 funds during Give More in 24.

Seahawk Nation
Rank State Gifts
1 NC 46
2 MI 3
3 SC 1
New Goal Announced!
Chancellor Sartarelli will give $2,500 if Seahawks reach a new goal of 1,600 donors. Plus, there are thousands of dollars still up for grabs through active challenges and matches.
$24 Increase
In honor of the Give More in 24 Challenge, once we reach 1,440 donors, every donor will have their gift increased by $24. See the FAQ for more details.
Alumni Class Leaderboard
See which graduating class drums up the most donors during the challenge.
Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
#UNCW24 Throwback Photo Challenge
Share your favorite photos and memories from your time at UNCW on social media using #UNCW24. One lucky Seahawk will be selected and will have the chance to allocate $100 to anywhere on campus!
#UNCW24 Baby and Fur-Baby Photo Challenge
Start their modeling career early and share a photo of your future Seahawk or pet rocking their UNCW gear. One lucky Seahawk will be selected and will have the chance to allocate $100 to anywhere on campus!
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