OER work, particularly OER authorship and development, can require a high level of effort on the part of instructors. You may qualify for funding opportunities that are shared locally (on campus), by the state or federal government, or by professional organizations and other non-profits.
On our campus, there are a few programs that offer stipends, grants, or other funding that may be relevant to OER projects.
Since 2017, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has offered annual grant programs for adopting, adapting, and developing OER. The specific criteria for each grant cycle evolves, so your project may be eligible depending on a variety of factors. See the most recent call for applications for reference. To learn about new grant opportunities from THECB, check their website or sign up for UT Austin's OER interest list, where the Open Education Librarian will share relevant announcements and calls for applications.
The Open Textbooks Pilot program supports projects at U.S. institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks and expand the use of open textbooks in courses that are part of a degree-granting program, particularly those with high enrollments. The program is funded by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Education through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education (as defined) and state higher education agencies. Applicants must form a consortium consisting of at least three institutions of higher education and meet additional requirements specified in the Notice Inviting Applications.
Other grants and funding opportunities may be offered by professional organizations and non-profits. Check the websites of organizations relevant to your discipline, or contact them directly to learn if they consider funding OER development projects that address gaps in the disciplinary literature.
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