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Research Incentive Program (RIP)


The Gordon Ford College of Business encourages and supports faculty research. One approach is the Research Incentive Program (RIP).

A faculty member can qualify for an allocation of $400 for articles accepted for publication in refereed business and business-related journals. Faculty members can receive a maximum of $800 per year in allocations, with the reporting period covering July 1-June 30.

Co-authored articles will result in an allocation of 1/n * $400, where n is equal to the number of authors. This formula will be used whether the co-authors are from WKU or other institutions.

Funds will be available for use by faculty for purposes related to faculty development research projects and travel. Possible uses include:

  • Travel to professional meetings
  • Payment of dues to professional organizations
  • Purchase of hardware and/or software
  • Submission and page fees to refereed journals for accepted articles in excess of the $150 per article provided by the college
  • Student help, clerical assistance or graduate assistants


Faculty members will update Digital Measures when they are notified of the acceptance of a qualifying publication. This update will serve as notice to the college for purposes of RIP. The Dean's Office will run an accounting of qualifying publications in Digital Measures once each semester on dates announced to the faculty. After each accounting the Dean's Office will communicate the allocation and the balance in the faculty member's College Professional Development (PD) account.


Faculty members wishing to use funds must follow University and College procedures for purchases. If a Faculty member wants to buy a computer for office use, they must submit a quote to the college since all computer equipment must be ordered through WKU and will remain the property of WKU. WKU does not allow computer purchases for home use.

Faculty members are to prepay all other reimbursable expenses and submit the proof of payment along with the appropriate University forms to the College for reimbursement. They should also submit a memorandum authorizing payment from the Research Incentive Program (RIP) account. The faculty member will be notified via electronic mail when the request has been submitted for reimbursement. Any tangible equipment and/or furnishings or software will remain the property of Western Kentucky University.

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Amended 2/17/2014

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 Last Modified 10/2/17