Several universities have received funding to expand research in various areas, including news methods of manufacturing. 

The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded grants totaling $1.7 million to colleges including UNC Charlotte to support faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state, including new manufacturing methods.

Faculty teams from UNCC along with N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, Appalachian State University, N.C. State University, and UNC Chapel Hill will use the awards from the UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) to advance projects focused on developing new metal-based manufacturing methods, applying state-of-the-art technologies to promote economic development statewide, improving electricity distribution, and optimizing manufacturing processes through data science.

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