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. 22, 2020
Postdoc Appreciation Week Highlights Significant Role in Baylor Research
Baylor celebrates the role of postdoctoral scholars, who make important contributions to research and scholarship. The University's investment in postdoctoral scholars highlights their impact on Baylor's ambitious Tier 1 research vision.
Sep. 22, 2020
Research and Mentorship Among Key Postdoc Contributions
Postdoctoral scholars fuel Baylor research and advance the University mission through significant roles in labs and classrooms across campus. Meet three Baylor postdocs who serve their departments as they pursue their own academic and research goals at Baylor.
Sep. 17, 2020
'Measuring the (Im)measurable:' Grant Funds Research Into Spiritual Impact of Art
Baylor psychology and neuroscience professors seek to isolate how artistic encounters impact spiritual awareness, compassion and empathy.
Sep. 9, 2020
People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower ‘Love Hormone’ Levels
Study is ‘first step’ to understanding how oxytocin during stressful events in young people may be linked to their future, Baylor University researcher says.
Sep. 7, 2020
Baylor Libraries Receive $300,000 NEH Grant for Browning Research
Baylor University Libraries has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the research of two Browning scholars. The funds will enable editing and publishing of letters written by and to Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Aug. 31, 2020
Biological Response to Stress, COVID-19 and PTSD
People with lower biological response to standard stress showed more PTSD symptoms after COVID-19 crisis began in study that surprised researchers.
Aug. 24, 2020
Simulating Hippotherapy for Children with Autism
An interdisciplinary team at Baylor received a grant to evaluate a device that simulates the motion of riding a horse as an effective treatment for children with autism.
Aug. 17, 2020
People Who Feel Their Lives Are Threatened Are More Likely to Experience Miracles
People who experience threats to their existence — such as economic and political instability — are more likely to attribute changes to the supernatural, according to a Baylor University study.

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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