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The 2021 Call for proposals is now closed

Thank you for your interest in the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program! Our 2021 call for proposals is now closed. PIs will receive notice if their proposal was accepted by the end of the day on May 31, 2021. Additional information about the Mini-Grant Program is provided below. 

If you are looking for the 2021 Regents OER Grant Program, you can access the Regents OER Grant information here


The Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program, inspired by the Miller Faculty Fellowship Program, was created to promote the growing number of instructors utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) 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. This mini-grant program is co-sponsored by the Iowa State University Library, the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP). 

The goal of the Open Education Mini-Grant Program is to encourage instructional innovation and enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning at Iowa State by providing instructors with the time and resources they need to redesign their courses around the use of OER. OER are defined as “educational materials that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.” This includes any course materials (textbooks, lab books, course notes, slide sets, videos, and more) released under an open license. Examples of OER currently in use at Iowa State can be seen in the profiles of our Iowa State University OER Trailblazers.

Who is eligible to apply?

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

  • Submitted by one or more Iowa State University employees with teaching responsibilities.
  • The proposal includes the intent to use an Open Educational Resource in a credit-bearing course.
  • Instructors may only submit one (1) proposal per academic year. 
  • The PI(s) agree 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. 
  • The release of a resource under a Creative Commons license that includes a "No Derivatives" provision.

Award levels

The award levels outlined below provide guidance for applicants on the amount of funding that may be approved for different types of proposals. 

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 item that the PI deems necessary. This can include personal awards and compensation. All expenses should be clearly articulated and justified in the budget section of the proposal and must align with the project's objectives.

How will proposals be reviewed?

The proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee made up of faculty volunteers, members of the Iowa State University Library Advisory Committee, and members of 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: 2021 Mini-Grants Rubric [pdf]

What are the expectations of a grant recipient?

Expectations of Grant Recipients
Before During After
  • Meet with OER support staff to discuss your project and the support available to help you complete it. 
  • Attend a workshop to meet other grant recipients and discuss the timeline expected for awarded projects.
  • Complete projects and use resources in a credit-bearing course by June 30 the following year.
  • Publish OER created through a grant in an open, editable format. Text-based OER created through the grant must be published through the Iowa State University Digital Press.1
  • Publish OER created through the grant with an open (Creative Commons) license that allows modification.
  • Store a copy of any OER created through the grant (not published through the Digital Press) in the ISU Digital Repository.
  • Check OER adopted or created through the grant for accessibility and compatibility with instructors' course design.
  • Showcase the outcomes of the project on the Iowa State University OER Trailblazers website.
  • Submit a report on the grant's outcomes by June 30th the following year using our Mini-Grant Report Form.

1Mini-grant recipients may receive permission to publish their text-based projects elsewhere if they have sufficient reason for doing so. For example, Statistics OER with a heavy emphasis on code may be better served by Jupyter Notebooks than the ISU Digital Press' software.