The great problems of our time are as vast as they are complex. Deadly diseases, energy shortages, water scarcity and more will not be solved by one discipline, industry or sector alone, but rather by a diverse array of experts. At Carolina, we recognize our unique responsibility and embrace the opportunity to work together to create a better future.
As a leading global public research university bound by 226 years of service to the greater good, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks daring solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. Convergent science is the next step in realizing those solutions.
Learn more about the Institute for Convergent Science (ICS) at UNC and its Innovation Framework. Located in Carolina’s premier science research facility, the UNC Genome Sciences Building, ICS brings the very best commercialization process to the University’s research enterprise. By redefining the journey from idea to proof of concept to market, ICS enables research teams to focus on solving the problems at hand—collectively at one central hub—with the infrastructure, lab space, expertise, and funding needed to drive breakthroughs and create exceptional outcomes.
“Convergent science is a problem-centered approach to research. You start by framing an interesting problem or challenge you want to solve — such as how to generate or store energy more effectively — and then you build the team you need to make the most impact.” — Chris Clemens, senior associate dean for research and innovation
Current research projects
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the critical need to work collaboratively and rapidly to unleash breakthrough solutions. Ronit Freeman, an associate professor of applied physical sciences and biomedical engineering, is working with two interdisciplinary teams to discover ways to block COVID-19 from entering host cells.