Research & Development

At the University of North Carolina, we take pride in our world-class faculty and cutting-edge research. Some of the best research institutions in the nation make up the UNC system, and through the Partnership for National Security we can leverage these capabilities to advance our goal of contributing to the mission, supporting the Servicemember, and boosting North Carolina’s economy. Below are some select, featured initiatives.


UNC Defense Applications Group

The UNC Defense Applications Group (DAG) is a multidisciplinary group of UNC faculty and staff who provide subject matter expertise and seek to leverage UNC system-wide capabilities to address science & technology (S&T) gaps of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the broader Special Operations Forces (SOF) community. The group also seeks to match UNC researchers with Department of Defense opportunities.

The group was established in early 2011 to explore research and development (R&D) opportunities and synchronize efforts in support of enabling superior Warfighter performance. Coupled with its partnership with and proximity to the special operations “center of gravity,” the University’s capacity to leverage system-wide capabilities to deliver solutions for the complex, interrelated and interdependent national security environment is unmatched.

The UNC Defense Applications Group hosts workshops on technical topics, bringing leading academic and industry experts to discuss state of the art technologies and science. These workshops have covered topics including: Human Domain Analysis (focused on quantitative social science methods and tools to support SOF needs); Warfighter Performance; Advanced Protective Materials; Military Working Dog S&T; and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).


Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research (TIGR), UNC Wilmington

Based on a grant from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC), the Team for Interdisciplinary Global Research (TIGR) organizes a variety of Geostrategic Intelligence Seminars (GIS) and Regional Seminars (RS) for professionals in the intelligence community. Recent seminar topics include:

  • The Transatlantic Alliance: The Impact of America’s Pivot and Europe’s Financial Crisis
  • Independence in the Middle East: Exploring Issues of Foreign Intervention to Self-Determination
  • Turkey
  • Islamist Groups in the Middle East
  • North Caucasus: Intrastate Relations and International Relations
  • Chechnya: Transformation of a Separatist Conflict
  • Bosnia: Ethnic Identity and Governance in the Region
  • Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

The GIS/RS program will also serve as the spine for original research on global events produced by UNCW faculty, and other professionals in the field. TIGR is dedicated to the diffusion of interdisciplinary research on the cultural, political, historical, economic, religious, and linguistic aspects that inform a constantly evolving and increasingly globalized world. Our core team is comprised of faculty who teach and conduct research in the disciplines of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. In addition to TIGR´s expertise in individual disciplines, our members have held leadership positions in both undergraduate- and graduate-degree programs such as Graduate Liberal Studies, Graduate Conflict Management and Resolution, Middle East and Islamic Studies, European Studies, and International Studies, as well as relevant non-academic experiences with NGOs and the military, including special operations work.

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Carolina Cyber Defender Scholarship

Through the Federal Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte will provide grants to students studying in the field of information assurance (IA).

Each scholarship recipient will complete either a Bachelor’s degree in Software and Information Systems or Computer Science, or a Master’s degree in either Information Technology or Computer Science. In addition Ph.D. degree in Computing and Information Systems will also be considered. Each scholarship student must be able to complete his or her academic program within a maximum of two years (for Ph.D. students, the degree must completed in three years). Rising juniors and seniors are eligible either as undergraduates or through the early entry accelerated track for the MS degree.

All participants will be fully integrated into the department’s research programs and become affiliated with an on-going research project.

In addition to their degrees, graduate students will complete a Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy at UNC Charlotte. There will be additional activities that are created especially for the SFS students.

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