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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Jun. 5, 2024
Baylor Ranked in Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2023

Top university patent holders ranked in report from National Academy of Inventors and IP Owners Association

May 31, 2024
Baylor Planetary Geophysicist Receives Esteemed Early Career Award from NASA

Peter B. James, Ph.D., selected for prestigious NASA award for his contributions to planetary science.

May 29, 2024
Baylor Faculty and Students Receive Louisville Institute Grant Awards

Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., along with two faculty colleagues and three doctoral students from the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences have received 2024 grant awards from Louisville Institute.

May 22, 2024
Baylor Professor to Advance New Generation of Metal Alloys as Part of $12.5 Million DOE Center

Garritt J. Tucker, Ph.D., The Eula Mae and John Baugh Chair in Physics, is part of a multi-institution partnership in a Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Center of Excellence to test materials under extreme conditions.

May 14, 2024
Faith and the R1 Dean

Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Jason R. Carter, PhD, is leading the way as an academic leader who conducts and leads high-level research while leaning into his relationship with Christ.

Apr. 17, 2024
Baylor Biologist Receives Prestigious Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation

Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., receives the 2024 Early Career Award for her research on leopard seals, the mysterious apex predator of Antarctica.

Apr. 10, 2024
Baylor Researcher Receives NIH Health Award

Matt Asare, Ph.D., advances project to promote cancer screening in Ghana.

Mar. 27, 2024
Baylor Public Health Researcher Receives American Heart Association Career Development Award

Rebecca Jones-Antwi, Ph.D., is among the highly promising healthcare and academic professionals supported by AHA for future success in field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.

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.