Open Textbooks Pilot Program

The Department of Education is now soliciting applications for their Open Textbooks Pilot program that is aimed at enhancing the creation and adoption of open textbooks in college classrooms. Applicants may request up to $2 million in funds over a period of 36 months. However, the Department of Education estimates that 3-12 grants will be awarded for an average amount of $1 million per award.

Applicants are encouraged to engage in projects that can offer high levels of cost-savings to students in high-enrollment classes or students enrolled in programs that are in-demand. Additionally, successful applicants are expected to address the absolute and competitive priorities outlined in the Federal Register.

Completed applications are due by November 16, 2020. To receive full consideration for this opportunity, institutions must form a consortium with two other institutions and meet other benchmarks listed in the Federal Register. The Department of Education recently published a set of instructions as well as the Final Priorities, Requirements, and Definitions to assist your institution with the application process.

With a largely online semester in full swing, this grant opportunity could be useful to your institution by ensuring that you have an effective and scalable open textbook library no matter the form of the semester. For more information about the funding opportunity or application process please contact Stacey Slijepcevic at the Department of Education.

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