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The Regents OER Grant Program

This guide provides information for those interested in applying for the 2021 Regents OER Grant Program.

Stipends for OER Development

University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa libraries are pleased to announce a joint funding opportunity for the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). This program is open to 2-4 person teams of faculty, graduate students, and staff at any of the three Board of Regents State of Iowa public universities.

What are OER?

OER (such as textbooks, videos, assessment tools, lab books, research materials or interactive course modules) are free for students and carry legal permission for open use. The open licenses under which these items are released allow users to create, reuse, and redistribute copies of the resources.

Why use OER?

The rising costs of textbooks have a real impact on students and their ability to successfully complete their educational goals. OER helps address this concern by providing course resources to students that are free of cost and available for them from the first day of class. In addition to saving students money, OER offers instructors the flexibility to improve upon existing resources by allowing you to tailor materials to meet the needs of your students. With the help of the Regents OER Grant Program, employees of all three Regent universities can receive training and compensation get started using OER.

Apply Now!

Call for proposals [INSERT LINK]: This document is a good place to start. It will give more detailed information about the funding, preparing your application, and submitting it for review.

Application [INSERT LINK]: Here you will find the Regents OER Grant Program application document itself. The application will ask you to provide information about the course you’re targeting, the current resources being used in the class, and the members of your project team. You will also need to prepare a short essay (1,000-2,000 words) that explains your project's objectives, impact, plan for DEI, timeline, and assessment plan. Finally, a letter of recommendation is required from your department chair. 

Scoring rubrics [INSERT LINK]: These rubrics are what application reviewers use to evaluate each proposal. You may want to familiarize yourself with them before applying. 

Submit your application: Once you have compiled all the information outlined in the application document, please submit your application here as a single PDF file. Applications are due on August 2, 2021 at noon. 

Funding is available at two different levels depending on the type of projects applicants wish to complete: 

Award Type Award Funding Project Description
Textbook project Up to $7,500 per team member Funds the development of a new open textbook to fill gaps in existing OER coverage within a discipline.
Ancillary project  Up to $1,500 per team member Funds the development of PowerPoint slides, test banks, and other ancillaries to accompany an existing open textbook.


Feel free to contact UI Scholarly Communications Librarian, Mahrya Burnett at or the Iowa Regents OER Grant Team at