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Open Educational Resources: OER Funding Opportunity: Zero-Cost Course Materials Grant

Zero-Cost Course Materials Grant

The Zero-Cost Course Materials Grant is a collaboration between the UC Merced Library and the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning to support the adoption of Open Educational Resources and use of UC Merced Library licensed electronic resources to reduce textbook and learning materials costs to $0. The aim of this initiative is to boost student success by removing some of the financial barriers preventing students from obtaining needed educational materials.

UC Merced ladder-rank faculty members, lecturers with security of employment (LSOEs), lecturers with the potential for security of employment (LPSOEs), Unit 18 continuing lecturers, and Unit 18 lecturers are invited to apply for one of the following awards for replacing commercial materials with zero-cost resources in an undergraduate or graduate course taking place during the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semesters.

  1. $1000 one-time award for the adoption of an existing OER and/or use of Library licensed materials.
  2. $1,500 one-time award for modifying an existing OER. OER may be modified by editing or creating content such as additional chapters, modules, question banks, or lecture slides.

The Zero-Cost Course Materials Grant is a 3-year pilot program and started in 2018-2019.

RFP Schedule:

  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2019
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020

Please see the 2019 Request for Proposals for complete details including course eligibility and award distribution. 

Fall 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

Submission Window Opens: September 20, 2019 
Submission Window Closes: November 1, 2019
Notification of Awards: November 8, 2019

A information session will take place on Wednesday October 9, 2019, Noon- 1:00pm in KL361 and via Zoom, https://ucmerced.zoom.us/j/558913191.

Spring 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

Submission Window Opens: March 20, 2019 
Submission Window Closes: May 20, 2019
Notification of Awards: May 31, 2019

A information session will take place on Thursday April 25, 2019, Noon- 1:00pm in KL361 and via Zoom, https://ucmerced.zoom.us/j/562478366.