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Alternative Textbook Grants

Alternative Textbook Grants
FSU Libraries' Alternative Textbook Grants support FSU instructors in replacing commercial textbooks with open educational resources, open textbooks, or library-licensed eResources that are available to students at no cost. FSU Libraries offers ten grants of $1000 to instructors during the 2022-2023 academic year. In some years, additional funding may be available for those publishing new open textbooks. Studies show students have similar or increased success and engagement in courses with open materials. Openly licenses materials support academic freedom and learning outcomes, allowing instructors and students to contribute to knowledge exchange in new, meaningful ways.


  • Adoption of open textbooks, OER, library-licensed eResources, and a combination of materials are eligible.
  • New and existing courses are eligible.
  • Successful applicants will receive support and consultations to assist in implementing their alternative textbook.
  • The Alt-Textbook team will notify successful applicants within two weeks of each application deadline, before the upcoming textbook reporting deadline.
  • Project timelines may vary but must be completed within the fiscal of the date that each grant is awarded.
  • Visit our Alternative Textbook Grants FAQ for more details about the grant process. 

Upcoming deadlines: October 2022; applications also accepted on rolling basis

Distribution of Grant Funds

Funds will be distributed for technology, software, professional development, contribution to student assistant budget, or copyediting services following procedures outlined in a memorandum of understanding between FSU Libraries and the successful applicants. 

Requirements for applicants:

  1. Identify the open textbook, open educational resources, or eBook that you will use to replace your current textbook or course materials. Good places to search for OER include OpenStax College, the Open Textbook Library, BCcampusOER Commons, and MERLOT. You can also search across these and other sources using the GMU OER Metafinder. Contact your subject librarian if you need further assistance in locating open or library-licensed materials. (Note: not all eBooks will be available for purchase and are subject to availability. Click here to learn more about some of the challenges libraries face in providing access to traditional textbooks.)
  2. Obtain a letter of support from your department chair or school/college dean, to confirm that replacing your current textbook will not contravene any applicable policies.
  3. Complete the online application form by the deadline.

Requirements for grant recipients:

Successful grant recipients will:

  1. Enroll in our OER at FSU Canvas course to meet other OER adovcates, engage in discussion, and find resoruces for finding and adopting alternative materials in your teaching
  2. Consult with the Alt-Textbook team to develop a timeline of deliverables, implementation plan, and assessment tools as needed
  3. Promote your work by providing the Alt-Textbook team with press-worthy updates and sharing your experience with your departmental colleagues
  4. Provide feedback about the grant program and suggestions for how it could be improved for future applicants

Application Evaluation Rubric

Alt-Textbook grant applications will be evaluated using a rubric that balances the following criteria to prioritize impact and collaboration:

  1. Estimated savings to FSU students
  2. Openness of proposed content, with openly licensed content given preference over library-licensed materials
  3. Inclusion of a clear plan to assess student learning outcomes
  4. Potential for proposed content to be adopted by other courses or sections 
  5. Departmental commitment (i.e., letter of support from department chair or dean)
  6. Feasibility of project being implemented by anticipated semester
  7. Availabilty and price of eBook to be purchased (if applicable)


Camille Thomas, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian

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