East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus

The East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus (ECRIC), formerly known as ECU’s “Millennial Campus,” serves as the pathway to innovative and collaborative public-private partnerships throughout regions of eastern North Carolina and beyond. ECRIC advances economic vitality, healthcare innovation, cultural connectivity, educational advancement, workforce development, and economic prosperity. Consisting of six sites that span over 100 miles, ECRIC is anchored in opportunities for students, staff, faculty, industry partners, and the community that enhance the research, teaching, and service missions of ECU.


Intersect East Coming Soon

In October 2020, ECU and Elliott Sidewalk Communities announced the next major phase of ECRIC, Intersect East. Whether it’s a startup company looking for a home or an established firm investing in research and innovation, the new $150 million project will connect world-class students, faculty and researchers with industry leaders.

Once completed, the project will include:

  • 300,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art research facilities and labs
  • 240,000 sq. ft. of new spaces and renovated office space
  • More than 105,000 sq. ft. dedicated to light manufacturing
  • On-site dining and residential areas
  • A newly constructed biopark and hiking/biking trail

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the nation’s first pacesetter urban hub, the home for university and industry partnerships in the east.


New Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building

The new Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building opened on the campus of ECU in November 2021. Featuring four stories with wet bench and computational laboratory spaces, researchers across a variety of academic disciplines can utilize the space for discoveries.

Funded through the Connect NC Bond Referendum, the building serves as the new home for the university’s department of biology and house researchers with interests and expertise in the fields of biotechnology, bioprocessing, biophysics, biofuels, imaging and sensor development, and environmental engineering.



Learn more about the East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus’ six sites, and find out how you can be a part of the university’s growing research enterprise.

Contact Us

Merrill Flood
Director of Research and Innovation Campus Development


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