Apply for a Mini-Grant


Past Recipients

You can see a list of previous Mini-Grant recipients and their projects by visiting the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Archive.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the 2019 round of mini-grants have been closed. Please return in Spring 2020 for the next round.


The Miller Open Education Mini-Grants represent an outgrowth from the Miller Faculty Fellowship Program to promote the growing numbers of instructors utilizing Open Educational Resources at Iowa State University. Similar to the Miller Faculty Fellowship Program, these grants aim to support faculty development through the use of new and innovative resources in the classroom. These grants are co-sponsored by the University Library and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP). This year, a small portion of the student technology fee handled by the Computer Advisory Committee is also helping to support the mini-grant.  

These specialized Miller Grants will provide faculty with opportunities to enhance their scholarship of teaching and learning by integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) into their teaching. Open Educational Resources are defined as “high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose.” The open licenses under which these items are released allow users to create, reuse, and redistribute copies of the resources, which can include anything from textbooks to lab books, videos, and interactive course modules.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be considered for this grant, proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Submitted by an Iowa State University employee with teaching responsibilities.
  • Proposal includes the intent to use an Open Educational Resource in a credit-bearing course.
  • Only one proposal is submitted by a single instructor per academic year. 
  • Instructor agrees to the expectations listed below.

This grant may not be used for:

  • The adaptation or creation of a resource for commercial publication. 
  • The adaptation or creation of educational resources without the accompaniment of a Creative Commons license. 

Note: Individuals who have received a Miller Faculty Fellowship in previous years are eligible to apply for an Open Education Mini-Grant, and will be judged as new applicants.

Award Levels

The award levels outlined below provide guidance for grant applicants on the amount of funding which may be approved for different types of proposals. The levels allocate funding depending on the time and work required for the proposed project.

Award Level Award Range Expectations
Level 1: Course Conversion $500 - $1,000 Locate, evaluate, and adopt an existing Open Educational Resource for your course
Level 2: Adaptation $750 - $2,500 Adapt, update, or combine existing Open Educational Resources into a new resource to enhance your course
Level 3: Content Creation Up to $5,000 Create an original Open Educational Resource for your course
Level 4: Multi-section Integration Up to $5,000 Integrate Open Educational Resources into every section of a single, multi-section course

Note: The funds from this grant may be spent on any activity or object which the PI deems necessary, as indicated in the budget section of the proposal. This can include summer salary and other necessary expenses. All expenses should be clearly articulated and justified in the budget, and these items must align with the project's objectives. 

How Will Proposals be Reviewed?

The proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee made up of members from the ISU Library’s Advisory Committee and the CELT Advisory Board. Evaluations will be based on the quality of applications as determined by the criteria of the Miller Open Education Mini-Grants Rubric: 

What Are the Expectations of a Grant Recipient?

Before the Grant

  • Participation in a workshop to discuss project planning and time management.

During the Grant

  • Projects are completed and resources are used in a course by June 30, 2020.
  • Created OER are published in an open, editable format.
    • Text-based OER created through the grant are published through the ISU Digital Press. 
  • OER adopted or created are checked for accessibility and compatibility with instructors' course design.
  • Created OER are published with an open (Creative Commons) license that allows modification.
  • Storage of OER not published through the ISU Digital Press in an appropriate open repository (e.g. ISU Digital Repository).

After the Grant

  • A short case study about the project will be showcased on the OER Trailblazers website. 
  • A presentation about the project's outcomes will be given at the end of the grant.
  • A brief summary report will be submitted by April 15, 2020 using this form:

Additional Support

  • Please contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Parks Library, if you have any questions.