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CFP: Affordable course materials jumpstart initiative

Iowa State University is investing in several Jumpstart Initiatives that are aligned with the 2022-2031 ISU Strategic Plan. The first of two Calls for Proposal (CFP) for Affordable Course Materials Jumpstart projects is open and is focused on infrastructure. The second CFP will focus on projects related to content. The overarching goal for both grant categories is to enhance the affordability of course materials at Iowa State. Both grant categories support projects related to affordable course material initiatives and platforms that include Open Educational Resources (OER), Immediate Access (IA) course materials, and library-licensed materials, such as those leveraged through Course Reserves.  

The first round of funding will support the development of sustainable infrastructure that impacts the visibility, transparency, implementation, and long-term use of low-cost and no-cost course materials at Iowa State.  

  • Total allocation for Infrastructure projects: $75,000 
  • Timeline for Infrastructure projects:  
  • Proposals due: March 31, 2023  
  • Funding decisions announced: April 28, 2023 
    • Grant period: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025

See the entire Affordable Course Materials Jumpstart Initiative Proposal for Review Criteria and Guidelines for Submission.


Abbey Elder, Open Access and scholarly communication librarian, 150 Parks Library, 515-294-5753
Angi Beau-Karthik, manager course design and quality, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 3024 Morrill Hall, 515-294-6087