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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May 5, 2021
Study Offers Earliest Evidence of Humans Changing Ecosystems with Fire
A Yale-led study, with contributions from a Baylor University paleoclimatologist, provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames.
Apr. 23, 2021
Strategic Partners
This year, Baylor launched a strategic partnership with My Labs Direct (MLD), a CLIA-certified, COLA-accredited diagnostic lab, in opening an on-site COVID-19 testing lab and research facility in the University's Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative.
Apr. 19, 2021
Baylor Researcher Receives $488,000 Grant to Study Racial Myths in American Culture
Movies, books, sermons, political speeches and other media Americans consume have played a pivotal role in shaping racial attitudes and opinions. English professor Greg Garrett has earned a $488,000 grant by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to study those dynamics.
Apr. 14, 2021
Baylor Launches Nationwide Search for Endowed Chair Faculty
Five newly endowed positions, funded through the Baylor Academic Challenge, will provide strategic growth to Baylor academic programs and research as the University invests in R1 research output and infrastructure.
Apr. 12, 2021
Baylor Research Earns Ecological Society of America Honors
Ryan A. McManamay, assistant professor of environmental science, is among the recipients of the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, given to the authors of a scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability.
Apr. 5, 2021
Illuminating a Giant
Doris Miller was "the first American hero of World War II," but as an African-American in the 1940s, his impact had to fight through layers of suppression. Now, a Baylor history professor's work is shining increased light on his contributions-not only at Pearl Harbor, but on the Civil Rights Movement that followed.
Mar. 31, 2021
Baylor Researchers Earn THECB Autism Grant Awards
The awards, presented to educational psychology faculty Tonya Davis and Stephanie Gerow, provide over $800,000 in funding to provide Texas parents and teachers with behavioral intervention training.
Mar. 29, 2021
Baylor Marketing Study: What Motivates Safety Measures During COVID-19?
Baylor marketing professors found that fear plus information receptivity equals preventive behaviors to protect self and others during COVID-19 pandemic.

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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