OER Summer Grants

The UNT Libraries, the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR), and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce OER Summer Grants, a new program to support use of open educational resources (OER) in UNT courses.  Grants will support UNT faculty who do one or both of the following for a course that they expect to teach at UNT in the future:

  • newly adopt or adapt an openly licensed textbook or other OER
  • adopt, adapt, or create ancillary materials to an existing open textbook or other OER

The UNT Libraries will offer options for hosting newly created content funded OER content.


All faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers) who would normally teach a course using a conventional textbook (that students must purchase or rent in print or electronically) will be eligible to apply for a grant.

Awardees planning to adapt existing material or create new material for courses taught at least 50% online will need work with CLEAR to determine the appropriate category under UNT's Online Courseware Intellectual Property policy for work produced as part of this project. For material adapted or created for other courses, awardees will need to disclose their planned work to Innovation and Commercialization and agree with that office on the ownership of the copyright and the license to be used for work produced as part of this project.

In either case, this must be done before accepting the award and beginning work. Awardees must also stay in touch with that office as their work evolves, disclosing the final product for a final decision on ownership and licensing.

Grant terms

Faculty will be given $500 to $2,500 of research funding, depending on the amount of effort expected in adopting, adapting, or creating instructional material. Funds must be used within the following fiscal year but can be spent on any research purpose, much like an IDC account (travel, student wages, lab equipment, etc.).

CLEAR will offer the assistance of an instructional design consultant for awardees planning to adapt existing material, regardless of whether the course will be taught primarily online.

Recipients are expected to present on their experiences during an event organized by the UNT Libraries to celebrate International Open Access Week.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the form below by March 18, 2019.

Application Form

A committee of representatives from the UNT Libraries, CLEAR, and the Office of the Provost will review applications, giving preference to applications that are expected to deliver the greatest cost savings to students (the number of students expected to enroll, multiplied by the average cost of the book being replaced).

If you have questions, please contact scholarlycommunication@unt.edu