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Scholarly Communication: Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant

A guide to issues in scholarly communication, including publishing, open access, copyright, and author rights.

Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant

The Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant program supports UT Tyler Strategic Plan Initiative 42: Increase utilization of Open Educational Resources (OER) and low-cost textbooks by 2027.

Grant Overview





Individual Award

Group Award*

Department Award**

No Cost Grant

Adopt a library-provided e-book or other no cost materials

No cost to students

Open licensing not required




OER Grant

Adopt existing Open Educational Resource


Creative Commons (OER license)




*at least 3 applicants are required for group grants.

**all instructors for all sections must use no-cost for department grants.

All instructors, including full- and part-time faculty, are encouraged and eligible to apply for the Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant, which supports instructors who redesign their course from using traditional textbooks to open or library licensed materials for Summer 2024 and/or Fall 2024. This helps make course materials more affordable and accessible for students. Grants support the revision of syllabi, assignments, and other course materials necessary for the transition to OER or Library-provided course materials.

Grant applicants must design their course around newly selected open or affordable course materials and teach with only those materials for at least the following three semesters. To be eligible, the course in question must become fully cost-free in terms of materials. For example, a redesigned course that features some OER and some commercial materials (expense to students) is not eligible for this grant.

UT Tyler Librarians ( can help provide support in finding materials and adopting them into the selected course.

A committee will rank and select awards based on number of students impacted (course enrollment) and total savings to students once affordable course materials are adopted. If selected for an Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant, you will be sent an agreement via DocuSign for both you, your co-awardees (if group or department award), and your Chair to sign. Your course section(s) must also list OER or no materials in the textbook adoption portal before funds will be fully distributed.

Apply for Affordable Textbook Adoption Grant

To Apply

  • Include current syllabus (if available)
  • Current textbook(s) or other course materials, and their price(s)
  • Proposed no-cost course materials
  • Agree to use chosen no-cost course materials from Summer 2024 through Summer 2025, or Fall 2024 through Fall 2025, or (at least) three consecutive semesters of the course being offered, whichever is longer
  • Approval from Department Chair (if awarded)

Please fill out this survey:

The deadline has passed.  Please email Terra Gullings at if you have any questions.



What are the benefits of adopting an OER or no-cost resources for my course?

Faculty / Instructor


Immediate access to materials


Customize materials to match course objectives


What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." (OER Commons)

To learn more about OER, see the Muntz Library’s guide:

What are no-cost materials?

No-cost materials (to students) are materials that are accessible via the Muntz Library like library purchased e-books, journal articles, or other scholarly materials found online that require no cost to access – such as open access resources.

What is the difference between OER and no-cost materials?

OER have specific licenses (usually Creative Commons license) that allow for retaining, reuse, revising, remixing, and redistributing materials AND are no cost to users. No-cost materials may have licenses that require purchasing to access, but students do not incur that cost.

I’m already using affordable course material in my course – do you award retrospectively?

                No, currently we do not award grants to faculty who already use affordable materials.

I want to create/author an Open Educational Resource – does this grant fund OER creation?

Though this grant does not explicitly fund OER authoring, please contact Terra Gullings, Scholarly Communication Librarian at for OER authoring grant opportunities.

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