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Office of Research & Creative Activity

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Office of Research & Creative Activity

The mission of the Office of Research & Creative Activity at Western Kentucky University is to provide outstanding support for the research, service, creative, and scholarly endeavors of our faculty, staff, and students. Our staff is dedicated to partnering with the university community to increase external support for these activities, while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations.

Our unit includes the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Research Integrity.  The Office of Sponsored Programs is a service unit that assists the faculty and staff at WKU in obtaining and administering external funds. The Office of Research Integrity provides guidance in the protection of the rights, welfare, and security of faculty, staff, and students involved in activities throughout the WKU campus system and supporting communities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.  

We also oversee a variety of programs and initiatives that provide support for research, creative and other scholarly enterprises at WKU including:


Programs for Faculty/Staff

Research & Creative Activity Council (RCAC)

Intellectual Property Committee (IPC)

Research & Creative Activity Program (RCAP)

Faculty Incentive Program (FIP)


Programs for Students

At Western Kentucky University, students work alongside talented faculty in cutting-edge research, service, creative, and scholarly endeavors. We challenge our students to be active agents in their education in order to be equipped with the skills and experiences necessary for ensuring success in their future careers.

Faculty Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE)

Research Experiences & Creative Heights (REACH)

Student Research Conference (in partnership with the Student

Research Council SRC)

Posters at the Capitol


Additional  Resources 

Center for Research and Development (CRD)

The Center for Research and Development on the corner of Nashville Road and Campbell Lane is the nexus of our engagement with business.

Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP)

ARTP Centers foster interdisciplinary research that does not easily fall within a single department.

WKU Research Foundation

Provides customized services for contracting with business and industry to assist WKU in attracting and retaining quality researchers.


In new book, retired WKU professor examines literature and photography in the So
Dr. Joseph R. Millichap, professor emeritus of English at WKU, celebrates and interprets the complementary artistic expressions of photography and literature in the South in his latest book, The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and After. Millichap, a former head of WKU’s Department of English who retired from full-time teaching […]
WKU research project uses snowflakes to answer 'What is Beauty?'
What is beauty? It’s a question that philosophers, poets, playwrights and the public have debated for centuries. And it’s a question that Olivia Adkins, a WKU graduate student from Morehead, and Dr. Farley Norman, University Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, have tried to answer in research published online today (July 25) in the journal Perception […]
WKU Regents approve 2 new University Distinguished Professor appointments
The WKU Board of Regents today (July 22) approved two new appointments for University Distinguished Professor: Tom Richmond, professor of mathematics, and Betsy Shoenfelt, professor of psychological sciences. The University Distinguished Professorship program is designed to recognize faculty members who have served the University with distinction and have compiled an outstanding record of achievement in […]



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