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About Research & Creative Activity

The Research and Creative Activities Fund (RCAF) Committee makes recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research regarding awards made from the fund.  The Committee considers support for four types of proposals (the last is not mutually exclusive from one of the first three):

  1. Seed money that enables the investigator to do the preliminary work that precedes proposal submission for extramural funding.
  2. Funding for scholarly projects for which external funding is not available.
  3. Awards to sustain ongoing research for which external funding was sought but not received.
  4. Junior Faculty Summer Support.  For information about this please see the JFSRP page.

Qualified faculty are those who:

  • Hold a full-time, tenure-track or instructor appointment at TCU (only untenured, tenure-track are eligible for Junior Faculty Summer Support)
  • Have filed a final report on all previously awarded RCAF grants
  • Have submitted at least one proposal for external funding over the past three years -OR- have not received three or more RCAF grants within the last five years.

Funds will NOT be provided for:

  • Any travel that is not directly related to the conduct of the proposed research or creative activity.
  • Completion or publication of dissertations.
  • Faculty salaries, though Junior Faculty may apply for the JFSRP grant for summer salary with their RCAF proposal.
  • Support of graduate students receiving fellowships or assistantships.

Proposals should be carefully prepared following the RCAF Guidelines.  We are currently in the process of revising the submission method to an online system; more information will be forthcoming.  Proposals for FY18 are due January 30, 2017.  See Current RCAF Awards for a list of current awards and sample proposals.  Questions should be directed to the RCAF Committee Chair or the Director of Sponsored Programs.

RCAF Committee Members

Name Dept Year
Carol Thompson, Chair Liberal Arts (2017)
Lisa Ball Science & Engineering (2018)
Michelle Bauml Education (2018)
Kent Chapline Communications (2018)
Anne Frey Liberal Arts (2017)
Michael Heil Fine Arts (2017)
San-Ky Kim Fine Arts (2017)
Emily Lund Nursing & Health Sciences (2019)
Rhiannon Mayne Science & Engineering (2019)
Silda Nikaj Liberal Arts (2019)
Linda Freed, liaison Director of Sponsored Programs
Bonnie Melhart, liaison Associate Provost of Research