Why R1?

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. No university is better positioned to achieve this goal. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.

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Feb. 16, 2021
Evolutionary History and Health in Bioinformatics
Tools of innovation, science and technology look to the future. To fully understand current and future health challenges, however, Mary Lauren Benton, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioinformatics, says history cannot be ignored.
Feb. 5, 2021
Baylor University and Africa New Life Ministries Announce Research Partnership
Both organizations commit to efforts through research, service to address issues of systemic poverty, combining research expertise of health and human sciences faculty with community connections and resources in Rwanda.
Feb. 1, 2021
Baylor Researcher Examines Impact of Management Without Morals
An organization that projects an ethical face but whose managers fail to respond to internal ethical situations can lead to a lack of employees’ moral courage, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.
Jan. 28, 2021
Baylor Continues Illuminate Progress, Research Growth in 2020
Amidst the challenges of presented in 2020, Baylor faculty "knocked it out of the park," exceeding significant research goals. A variety of research metrics and external honors, staff additions, new programs and more demonstrated substantial growth towards Baylor's Illuminate vision.
Jan. 27, 2021
Baylor Business Professor, Alumna Earn NSF Grant to Combat Human Trafficking
A $250,000 NSF grant will fund the formation of an interdisciplinary team, co-led by Baylor Information Systems Professor Stacie Petter, to analyze obstacles and propose solutions to empower law enforcement to more effectively combat human trafficking.
Jan. 21, 2021
Baylor University Partners with My Labs Direct in On-Site COVID-19 Testing Lab and Research Facility
Baylor and My Labs Direct partnership yields multi-million dollar lab. Located in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, the lab will serve as a campus and community resource and advance Baylor's R1 research growth.
Jan. 19, 2021
Answering the Unknown
Discover how Baylor faculty, students and alumni apply statistical knowledge to the fight against COVID-19.
Jan. 19, 2021
Changing Diets May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis
Findings among children in Amazonian Ecuador offer insight into the relative importance of diet versus energy expenditure for rise in obesity.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, advances the University's R1/Tier 1 pursuits through endowed funds that will facilitate research growth across campus.

Endowed Faculty Positions

Through the creation of new endowed faculty positions, including 17 endowed chairs in areas that support growth in research initiatives, Baylor supports high-level teaching and discovery.

Campaign Donors

The Baylor Family is united in support of Baylor's distinct role as the preeminent Christian research university.

Baylor stands apart as a Christian research university — a position that empowers our aspiration to become America's preeminent Christian research university. Illuminate, Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, has one overarching goal: To bring light to the world as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university, building on Baylor's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service.

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