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“It is very unlikely that any one mind has mapped out the solution to a complex problem that cannot be improved by the application of other minds and people.” Chris Clemens, PhD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UNC

At the Institute for Convergent Science, our work and the impact we make are driven by the unyielding focus we direct toward our mission, the vision we have for what’s possible, and the values, methods and attitudes that guide our actions.


Put UNC’s research to work.


The UNC Institute for Convergent Science builds and supports imaginative teams with disciplined practices in spaces designed for collaboration. Through creative partnerships and our “Ready, Set, Go” innovation framework, we help move ideas from basic research into transformative applications.


  • Solutions through teamwork.
  • Teamwork thorough trust.
  • Trust through integrity.


  • Center on the problem.
  • Calibrate using internal and external inputs.
  • Measure against technical and adoption requirements.


  • See failures as opportunities.
  • Credit the team.
  • Take joy in the solution.
  • Keep ethics at the front of the work.