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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Sep. 24, 2021
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 systemic growth across Baylor's research enterprise and advancement toward R1/Tier research status.
Sep. 20, 2021
Baylor University Announces New Chair Created to Study Food Security
A $1.5 million gift from Jim and Tammy Snee establishes an endowed faculty chair position to lead research efforts addressing food security through the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP).
Sep. 14, 2021
Preventing the Military’s Top Contagious Disease Challenge
Chris Kearney is developing a prophylactic approach to address the military's No. 1 infectious disease challenge, utilizing peptides to prevent traveler's diarrhea.
Sep. 13, 2021
Examining COVID-19's Emotional Toll
Results from Baylor Religion Survey Wave 6 data show patterns of negative emotional responses to COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep. 9, 2021
Baylor Announces New Chair Created for Autism Research
The Vance Masteller Chair within Communication Sciences and Disorders will help to attract and retain a leading scholar researcher who will serve as a leader for the department’s new Autism Clinic.
Sep. 2, 2021
Work of Daughters in Mother-Daughter Relationships Often Goes Unnoticed
With her latest research, Allison Alford continues to draw attention to what she describes as the underappreciated role of the daughter in American society.
Aug. 30, 2021
Baylor Researchers Uncovering Improved Approach to Treat Internal Injuries
Linda Olafsen's interdisciplinary research utilizes ultrasound technology and malleable wires to provide medics with improved tools to locate internal injuries.
Aug. 25, 2021
Lung-on-a-Chip: Analyzing Advanced Materials and Health
At the intersection of toxicology and materials science, Christie Sayes is working to promote health as advanced materials presented uncharted opportunities on airplanes, automobiles and more.

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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