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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Nov. 21, 2021
Older Adults , Memory Functioning and Smartphone Technology
Baylor researcher Michael Scullin led an NIH funded study evaluating the use of smartphones in treatment for adults with a cognitively impairing condition.
Nov. 11, 2021
New Clinic for Autism Research and Practice Named
Gift from Bill and Mary Jo Robbins will expand Baylor’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, part of a $2.5 million expansion within Baylor’s Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.
Nov. 8, 2021
Baylor Highlights Student Research Opportunities in New Program
Baylor ResearchU takes high school students inside Baylor laboratories to spark interest in pursuing research opportunities in college on National STEM Day.
Nov. 5, 2021
100 New Faculty Hires to Advance Next Five-Year Framework for Illuminate
During its regular fall meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents affirmed the framework for the next five years of Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan, including hiring 100 new faculty to accelerate the University toward Research 1 status as the preeminent Christian research university.
Nov. 2, 2021
Pinniped Craniofacial Musculature Provides Insight on its Role in Aquatic Feeding
Baylor biology researcher Sarah Kienle leads a foundational study in comparative craniofacial anatomy of pinnipeds, such as seals, sea lions and walruses
Nov. 1, 2021
Center for Microscopy and Imaging Advances R1 Goals
Baylor's investment in advanced instrumentation has added new labs, opportunities for students and grown Baylor's Center for Microscopy and Imaging.
Oct. 29, 2021
Baylor and Harvard Researchers Partner in Long-Term, Global Study of Human Flourishing
Researchers at Harvard University and Baylor University launch the largest initiative of its kind to investigate the determinants of human flourishing in a $43.4 million, five-year longitudinal study of 240,000 individuals in 22 countries.
Oct. 29, 2021
WATCH: Baylor Announces Global Flourishing Study
Representatives from Baylor University, Harvard University, Gallup and the Center for Open Science announce the Global Flourishing Study, the only study of its kind on human flourishing and the largest funded research project in Baylor history.

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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