Join Us on the Frontier of Nutritional Health

Your financial support of the NRI, helps our scientists discover nutrition-based solutions to some of the biggest public health challenges today.

To actively support the NRI in its mission to develop the field of individualized nutrition and improve health worldwide, click here.  Thank you for investing in our research.

NC Research Campus

The Nutrition Research Institute is proud to be part of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. Here, universities and leading industry partners have forged a public-private partnership, bringing the brightest minds from across the globe to transform science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture. Learn more.

Exploring Individualized Nutrition

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) is leading the development of individualized nutrition. Part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NRI is located in Kannapolis, NC.

Our mission is bold: to discover how to customize nutrient requirements for an individual. We focus on genes, diet and personal variability in nutrition and metabolism to understand how these differences impact your health. As we understand why requirements differ from person to person, we are able to discover nutrition-based solutions to common health challenges.

We are discovering how your nutrition affects your health.

A Healthier Tomorrow through Today’s Research

NRI pioneering research is replacing the outdated one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition with cutting-edge discoveries of unique differences in DNA and metabolism. Our scientists explore nutritional individuality through nutrigenomics and metabolomics.

With our discoveries, physicians will soon be able to create diet and exercise plans customized to each person’s distinct needs. NRI research is contributing to improved brain development and function, and resistance to or better treatment of such diseases as cancer, diabetes and obesity.

We are transforming the field of nutrition for maximized wellness worldwide.


State-of-the-Art Facilities and Tools

The 125,000-square-foot building houses a broad variety of laboratory and research spaces, clinical facilities, offices and meeting areas.

Distinguishing features include:
• fully equipped metabolic research kitchen
• outpatient clinical services suite
• behavioral testing suite

The UNC NRI is home to one of only 11 metabolic chambers in the U.S. This machine (also called a whole-room calorimeter) offers the very best measure available (within a +/-2 % accuracy) of a person’s energy expenditure over an extended period of time to indicate their metabolic rate. NRI researchers use the chamber to study how genes, nutrients and exercise affect metabolism among individuals.