The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative, led by the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, is seeking proposals for its 2018 High-impact OER Mini-Grant program to strategically support Maryland public institutions’ efforts to adopt Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a means to greatly reduce textbook costs and address college affordability for students. Building on the prior success of the M.O.S.T. initiative and the first round of mini-grants, this funding program will target OER adoption in “high impact,” high enrollment courses for which high-quality OER already exists. In addition to supporting adoption of OER by individual faculty, the program will also support the scaling of OER adoption within institutions across multiple course sections.
Two types of mini-grants will be awarded: 1) Adopt/Adapt OER ($500 - $1,500) and 2) Scaling OER ($1,500 - $2,500). Grants will be distributed by the end of FY17-18 for Spring 2018 project planning and development and Fall 2018 OER implementation. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 2, 2018. Please note: The Mini-Grant program is for Maryland public higher education institutions only.