A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. 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. 28, 2023
Baylor Researchers Earn $1 Million NSF Award for Stage 2 of Civic Innovation Challenge

Baylor partners with the City of Waco to pilot a near-zero emission, multi-fuel combustor that transforms local waste with minimal processing into ultra-clean energy.

Sep. 25, 2023
Water and Health

It’s a stark statistic: for 70 percent of the planet, water security is a concern. Baylor’s environmental scientists, biologists, statisticians and computer scientists are compelled to meet this basic need, joining forces through innovative projects to ensure access to clean water globally.

Sep. 25, 2023
Cancer Drug Lead Discovery

Baylor chemists form the tip of the spear in cancer research, probing natural products and molecules whose anticancer agents can be strengthened in tandem with others. Their research has driven drug leads and new approaches to advance their discipline.

Sep. 25, 2023
Foundations for Flourishing

Baylor researchers are distinctly called to promote human flourishing, motivated by compassion and a conviction that every life deserves dignity. Their research addresses acute challenges and builds foundations and tools that enable individuals and societies to flourish.   

Sep. 25, 2023
Developmental Disabilities

In education, psychology and communication science, there’s a synergy among Baylor researchers whose work addresses developmental disorders. Motivated by a belief that everyone’s contribution is indispensable, their work creates paths for treatment and inclusion.

Sep. 24, 2023
Baylor Celebrates National Research Administrator Day

“Collaboration for a Higher Purpose” highlights the Baylor’s distinct Christian mission and the culture of collaboration across the University that continues to elevate Baylor’s research output and impact

Sep. 15, 2023
Baylor Researcher Shares Development of Concussion-Detecting Sideline Screener

Concussions have become an epidemic in the United States. Jungjun Park of Baylor Communication Sciences and Disorders is collaborating to develop a detecting tool that is intuitive to use and provides on-site test results.

Sep. 13, 2023
Baylor University Moves Up in Rankings of Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2022

Top university patent holders ranked in annual report from the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued 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.