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Research & Creative Activities Program (RCAP)

RCAP is an internal grant program administered by the Office of Research and Creative Activity to encourage eligible full-time faculty and instructors to develop individual projects leading to the pursuit of external funding sources, and the promotion of research, scholarly, and creative activities.

 RCAP support targets all disciplines, and is administered through two project categories: 

Category I

Category I funds are considered "seed" monies to enhance the competitiveness of a subsequent submission of a new or renewal proposal for external funding.  Awardees are required to submit a proposal for extramural funding as a result of RCAP support.  

Awards are granted up to $16,000. 

Category II

Category II funds support the general development, expansion, or enhancement of faculty research and scholarly activity, and/or the creative and performing arts. Awardees are not required to submit a proposal for extramural funding as a result of RCAP support.  

Awards are granted up to $8,000.


RCAP Award Information


For questions or further information, contact internal.grants@wku.edu


Applying to RCAP

RCAP is now accepting applications for the FY21 cycle!  

RCAP Application

Application Guidelines

Application FAQs


Important Dates

  • February 7, 2020 –  application due to your Department Head
  • February 14, 2020 – application due to the Dean (or designee)
  • February 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m. – complete and approved application due to internal.grants@wku.edu

Sample RCAP Forms

Sample Award Contract

Sample Final Report Form


RCAP Review Committee

WKU faculty volunteer to serve on the application review committee each year.  If you are interested in becoming a RCAP reviewer, please email internal.grants@wku.edu.


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 Last Modified 2/17/20