About Industry Engagement
The Baylor Advanced Research Institute (BARI) was established to expand research opportunities for students and faculty from
multiple academic disciplines. The goals of the institute are accomplished through a number of means,
but primarily by establishing complementary collaborative research partnerships
with other educational institutions, industries, businesses, entrepreneurs and
The institute links companies and entrepreneurs directly with the Baylor
researchers who can best help them develop research goals that are both relevant
and attainable. This relationship provides research partners with the basic
information they need to formulate an effective research strategy, while giving
Baylor faculty the opportunity to conduct practical, results-oriented research in
their fields of specialization. Additionally, the institute nurtures and protects Baylor intellectual property and facilitates the commercialization of Baylor research.
A natural consequence to these activities, the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) discovery park was opened in 2013 and became an extension of Baylor research efforts with industry partners. The BARI/BRIC concept defines advanced research as a suite of services that not only
involves basic laboratory research, but
includes an extended relationship that offers technical assistance and executive
training through LAUNCH, the innovative business accelerator and part of a suite
of business services offered through the Hankamer School of Business,
as well as a comprehensive workforce development program through
partnership with Texas State Technical College Waco.
As an added benefit to the community, BARI/BRIC concept encourages new growth in the greater
Waco area by working with municipalities, foundations and other regional educational
and economic development organizations — most of which are BRIC partners — to create
new businesses, expand regional commerce and attract established high technology
industry to the area.