Apply for a Mini-Grant



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.

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

How do you apply?

  1. Download and complete the 2021 Mini-Grant Proposal Form [doc]. The form consists of three sections: General Information, Project Narrative, and Budget Proposal.
  2. Submit your completed proposal as a .PDF or .DOC file to the Mini-Grants Cybox dropbox no later than 11:59 pm CST on April 18, 2021, with the naming convention “Lastname_Minigrant_Proposal”
  3. (Optional) Submit supporting documentation, such as images or examples of relevant resources, to the Mini-Grants Box folder in a separate .PDF or .DOC file with the naming convention “Lastname_Minigrant_Addons”

Applicants can receive support with their proposals by attending the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Q&A Session offered April 2, 2021, or by contacting Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, with any questions. [Slides from the Mini-Grants Q&A Session]

Ann Gansemer-Topf (School of Education, CELT) has compiled an assessment planning worksheet to support help applicants think through their Assessment Plan, a component of the proposal's Project Narrative. 

Additional support with proposal development may be available through the Iowa State University Grantshub office: Proposal Development Support

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?

Before the grant

  • Attend a workshop with support staff to discuss the support needed and timeline expected for awarded projects.

During the grant

  • 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 unless the mini-grant recipient has received permission to publish their work elsewhere. 
  • Check OER adopted or created through the grant for accessibility and compatibility with instructors' course design.
  • 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.

Each awarded PI or Project Team will receive a project orientation and ongoing support from University Library staff, including project management, professional development, production support, and copyright and accessibility reviews where needed. 

After the grant

  • 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.