Call for Proposals:
2020 M.O.S.T. OER Grant Program

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is seeking proposals for two grant programs in 2020.

Faculty OER Mini-Grant Program

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is seeking proposals for its Faculty OER Mini-Grant Program, which supports faculty efforts to increase access, affordability, and achievement for students at Maryland’s 2-year and 4-year public higher education institutions through the incorporation of open educational resources (OER) into teaching practice.

The 2020 M.O.S.T. faculty mini-grants will provide recipients with unique opportunities to engage in communities of practice related to teaching with OER, creation of OER in high-need areas, and evaluation of OER use in relation to student success.

Available grants for 2020:

  • Adopt/Adapt OER ($1,000 grant + Participation in the M.O.S.T. Teaching Fellows Program);
  • Create OER ($2,000 grant + Participation in the M.O.S.T. Textbook Success Fellowship Program); and
  • Evaluate OER ($3,000 grant + Dedicated Coaching)

Download the Request for Proposals for Faculty OER Mini-Grant Program

Institutional OER Grant Program

The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative is also seeking proposals for a new Institutional OER Grant Program, which supports strategic institutional efforts to increase access, affordability, and achievement for students at Maryland’s 2-year and 4-year public higher education institutions through more systemic incorporation of open educational resources (OER) into teaching practice.

For 2020, two institutions will be awarded $20,000 grants to support significant advances in OER adoption, scaling, and sustainability in support of student success. In addition, grantees will receive strategic planning and implementation support for their projects from M.O.S.T., as needed, in the form of consultations and regular check-ins.

Institutions applying for these grants should be able to articulate a vision for how OER will help them achieve strategic goals and explain how the campus will nurture and sustain this next-level work after the funding period ends. Specific projects can range in scope and type but should be aimed at:

  • developing and assessing OER pathways (such as across general education or several required courses in a major),
  • creating tighter connections between the use of OER and evidence-based practices in teaching, and
  • building the infrastructure to support faculty adopting OER into their teaching practice.

Download the Request for Proposals for OER Institutional Grant Program

All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28, 2020.
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Informational Webinar
Join us on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET for an Informational Webinar to learn more about the grant requirements and expectations for successful grants. We will also answer any questions about the grants at that time. Register for the Informational Webinar

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Click here to learn about last year’s program and previous mini-grantees.  If you have any questions about the program or the application, please reach out to us at most@usmd.edu.