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. 19, 2020
Interdisciplinary Research to Improve Body Composition
As people age, they lose lean muscle mass without appropriate interventions. That decline has a variety of health implications. LesLee Funderburk in Baylor Human Sciences and Design researches methods to counter that loss and improve health throughout the aging process.
Nov. 16, 2020
Study Examines Cynical Hostility and Pathways to Cardiovascular Disease
Cynical hostility is a potential pathway to cardiovascular disease by preventing a healthy response to stress over time, according to a study led by Baylor University in the journal Psychophysiology.
Nov. 12, 2020
Racially Diverse Congregations in the U.S. Have Nearly Tripled, Baylor Study Finds
Racially diverse congregations have increased substantially in the United States over the past 20 years, and the percentage of all-white congregations has declined, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists.
Nov. 10, 2020
Shrinking the Circle: Reducing Impact on an E3 Attack
Electrical and computer engineering professor Mack Grady contributes to U.S. national defense efforts through electric power systems research.
Nov. 6, 2020
A Preeminent Christian Research University
Baylor University's vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent Christian research university, addressing significant global challenges through top-tier research. Learn more about Baylor's plans to grow the University's research enterprise and pursue R1/Tier research status.
Nov. 6, 2020
Applied Mathematics, From Engines to Outer Space
From combustion engines to black holes, Tim Sheng's applied math research demonstrates how mathematics provide interdisciplinary heft to tackle meaningful challenges in the physical world.
Nov. 4, 2020
Construction Engineering at the Molecular Level
Daniel Romo pursues drug leads to fight cancer through the synthesis of organic molecules.
Nov. 4, 2020
Driving Breakthroughs in Renewable Energy
Annette von Jouanne advances sustainable transportation methods inside her Baylor laboratory.

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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