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Call for Proposals: Mini-Grants for Zero-Cost and Low-Cost Course Materials

Thu, September 14, 2023 12:35 PM

With funding from the Scholar Transformational Impact Fund and support from the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL), the UC Merced Library invites senate faculty and Unit 18 lecturers to apply for funding to eliminate or minimize course costs for students.

NEW! The call for proposals in fall 2023 for spring 2024 courses has been expanded to not only accept applications that eliminate course material costs to zero but also to accept applications that reduce or minimize course material costs.

The program will continue to accept and encourage applications in which course material costs are reduced to zero using open educational resources (OER) and/or library resources. However, with this expansion, the program will also accept applications for existing courses in which the course costs are reduced to $40.00 or less (coupled with significant cost savings over prior offerings) and applications for new courses in which students will not pay more than $20.00 for course materials. This grant is available for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

The elimination or reduction of course costs for students may be supported by the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER), use of UC Merced Library licensed electronic resources, and/or low-cost resources.

Instructors who receive awards are required to participate in assessment activities related to the effectiveness of the Zero-Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) / Low-Cost Course Materials (LCCM) grant.

  • Deadline for consideration: Monday, November 6, 2023 (end of day)
  • Notification of funding decisions: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

This award cycle is accepting proposals that will be implemented in spring 2024 courses. An additional call will be distributed in spring 2024 for summer and fall 2024 courses. Full program details and the application form are available at our No & Low-Cost Education Resources guide.

Call for Proposals: Zero-Cost & Low-Cost Course Material Grants