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Welcome to the REACH NC Guide. This guide is designed to assist you with making full use of the tools and information offered by the REACH NC system. You will find PDF guides, contact information, answers to frequently asked questions, class schedules, and an overview of the system here.


REACH NC is a automated expertise profiling system designed to connect researchers, business leaders, area experts, and administrators in North Carolina. The system has been in development since late 2009, when a team consisting of members UNC-Chapel Hill, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and North Carolina State University received a grant from the UNC General Administration. If you would like to know more about the creation of REACH NC, additional information can be found at the REACH NC's History and the About REACH NC pages.

What can REACH NC do for me?

REACH NC is designed to assist you by increasing your ability to collaborate on research and grant opportunities. It offers a suite of tools, which can help you assist you in accomplishing this. You can generate search for collaborators using the full text from grant RFAs or any free text documents, search by concept, or  simply browse  through faculty and departments. REACH NC also has tools which allow you to utilize visualized coauthor networks, research output, and funding areas on a scale as small as an individual or as large as entire schools.


REACH NC is made possible through a unique collaboration among public and private sector partners. Our thanks to all partners for making this unique and valuable tool a reality.

Founding University Partners


NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill seeded the REACH NC system with data on over 3,000 researchers in the life sciences and engineering. The leadership of these institutions paved the way for other University of North Carolina campuses and the future planned releases of thousands more faculty profiles and data.  Data on Duke researchers, departments and colleges are projected to be integrated into the system in late 2012.

Managing Partner

RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute), is building the data backbone for REACH NC and developing protocols for user access and management and storage. In addition, RENCI is seeking funding to support the development of advanced visualization tools that will help REACH NC users find connections across disciplines and institutions by visually grouping experts with others of similar or complimentary backgrounds.


The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-CH is one of 55 medical research institutions working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), shares a common vision to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. It also is fulfilling the critical need to train a new generation of clinical researchers.

REACH NC is currently working to expand its searchable portal by adding profiles of faculty from five rural universities, thanks in part to a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.