The Baylor Advanced Research Institute (BARI)

The Baylor Advanced Research Institute (BARI) functions as a catalyst for creating new and emerging research clusters, interdisciplinary research programs, and industrial collaborations. Building the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) discovery park was a natural 'next' step in advancing the research mission of the university.

With support from a diverse array of regional development groups including Texas State Technical College, the Waco-McLennan County Economic Development Corporation, the City of Waco, McLennan County, the City of Bellmead, the Bellmead Economic Development Corporation, Cooper Foundation, M.D. Anderson Foundation, Waco Foundation, and the Waco Chamber of Commerce, the BRIC concept was expanded into the Central Texas Technology and Research Park(CTTRP) with the BRIC as the first structure in the CTTRP.

BARI brings together the academic and research objectives of the university and engages the community by:

  • Providing increased opportunities for Baylor faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge research with industry;
  • Nurturing and protecting the intellectual property of collaborative research projects;
  • Facilitating the commercialization of university intellectual property; and
  • Participating in the economic development of the region.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.