About the Collaboratory
A collaboratory is a center without walls in which researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources and accessing information in digital libraries in a collaborative manner.
The Collaboratory was established in the summer of 2016 by the North Carolina General Assembly for the purposes of facilitating the dissemination of the policy and research expertise of the University of North Carolina System and other institutions of higher learning across the State for practical use by state and local government. The Collaboratory develops and disseminates relevant best practices to interested parties, leads and participates in projects across the State related to natural resource management, and makes recommendations to the General Assembly.
This authorization allows for the Collaboratory’s portfolio to have a broad scope in areas that may utilize academic policy support, including investigations based on science, law, economics and public health. As part of its mandate, the Collaboratory has been directed to facilitate and fund research related to the environmental and economic components of the management of the natural resources within the State of North Carolina and of new technologies for habitat, environmental and water quality improvement.