Partnership for Affordable Content

Project Grants: $500 - $1,500

The University Libraries is working to encourage faculty and instructors to consider a transition away from high cost commercial textbooks and course materials and to help explore new curricular resource strategies. We assist faculty and instructors as they think broadly and creatively about what might make their course materials better. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities faculty and instructors are invited to apply for a Partnership for Affordable Content grant to support the transition to and implementation of new curricular readings and resources.

Librarians are available to collaborate on the development of proposals; they can share expertise in copyright, licensing, Open Access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, and multimedia resources to be used in course offerings. Contact Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud at to set up a consultation.

Deadline for Proposals:

Applications will be accepted until April 6, 2020.

Applicant Information:

  1. Full name(s)
  2. Course, including number, title, number of students, current textbook or other course materials and their costs
  3. Department
  4. School/College
  5. Email Address
  6. Position Title/Rank

Brief Narrative:

Please provide a narrative of 500 words or less describing your proposed alternative to a commercial textbook or other course materials. Include:

  • your vision of the new curricular resource strategy and what will make the project a success,
  • the intended impact (for student learning, the University, pedagogy, etc.),
  • timeline/semester course will be offered and sustainability for future courses,
  • and anticipated challenges of adopting alternative course materials.

Commitment to Partner:

The Partnership includes the expectation that faculty and instructors will work with a team to determine deployment details including identification of alternative course resources, how students will access assigned content, and potential technology and teaching and learning support as applicable. Please indicate your previous experience working with such teams and/or willingness to work with a customized team designed to accomplish your project as part of your application as well.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed within the Libraries by eLearning Support Initiative Librarians, subject liaison Librarians, and Libraries Administration.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Strength of application and how well it responds to application requirements listed above (vision of success, intended impact, timeline and challenges)
  • Willingness to partner with the Libraries and work with a customized support team
  • Potential savings to University of Minnesota students
  • Innovativeness of course materials and proposed pedagogical practice.
  • Positive impact on teaching and learning strategies.
  • Sustainability of the project to applicant’s future courses.
  • Use of open textbooks or other open educational resources.
  • Preference given to projects implemented by either Fall of 2020 or Spring 2021.

Participant Commitments:

Participants will be asked to participate in some minimal level evaluation of the project with their students, license any newly created materials with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (or similar open license), and participate in a Library event showcasing the Partnership projects for campus. Participants will also be asked to to submit a 1-2 page final report with a summary of accomplishments and how awarded funds were spent.

Submit your application:

Submit your application to Kristi Jensen or Shane Nackerud at