Institutional Investment in Research
Baylor’s ambitious research vision requires significant investment in infrastructure. In recent years, the University has invested in a variety of programs and new hires to support a growing research enterprise, and has seen the fruit of those efforts in sources and balance of funding.
- $34.1 million in institutional research expenditures in 2022
- F&A accountability
- OVPR expansion and administrative support
- Compliance and Research Administration (CARA), the University’s electronic research administration system
As Baylor faculty pursue awards in greater scope and volume, and as the University adds to their numbers through additional faculty positions, building an infrastructure capable of supporting that growth remains a key priority.
The University provides financial support for research through a variety of mechanisms intended to stimulate growth in external funding for research.
Since 2018, the percentage of total research expenditures funded by the University has decreased from 60% to 51% as external funding has continued to grow.
Facilities & Administrative Cost Recoveries
The University receives funding for research from various types of sponsors. Generally, sponsors include funds to cover the direct expenditures of conducting research.
OVPR F&A Use and Accountability
The funds provided by sponsors to cover F&A costs are shared within the University, with 25% going to central administration to cover operating budget expenditures, 35% going to the colleges and schools to be used at the discretion of Deans, Chairs and Principal Investigators.
Research Compliance & Ethics
As a Christian research university, holding to the highest ethical standards of compliance is foundational to who we are as an institution.
CARA - Baylor's Compliance and Research Administration system
Baylor is implementing an industry-standard, electronic research administration system branded as Compliance and Research Administration (CARA).
OVPR Administrative Support
The CARA system will facilitate OVPR’s ability to track industry standard research administration key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the quality of services provided over the life cycle of the award.