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Second CFP: Affordable course materials jump-start initiative

Cardinal background with gold triangle and yellow border with yellow diagonal stripe in upper left and lower right corners. Black text on gold rectangle "CALL FOR PROPOSALS" underneath in white "AFFORDABLE COURSE" next line "MATERIALS JUMPSTART" next line "PROJECTS."Iowa State University is investing in several Jump-start Initiatives that are aligned with the 2022-2031 ISU Strategic Plan. The Affordable Course Materials initiative is focused on enhancing the affordability of course materials at Iowa State. 

Building off the first call for proposals, which funded projects related to developing sustainable infrastructure, this second round of funding is centered on supporting the development and use of affordable content. Specifically, funds will support the development and/or integration of no-cost course materials across Iowa State University and concentrate on proposals that impact multiple courses across a sequence or even whole degree programs.

Total allocation for Content projects$220,000 


  • CFP released: April 25, 2023
  • Proposals due: September 8, 2023
  • Funding decisions announced: October 9, 2023
  • Grant period: November 2023 - June 30, 2025

For Review Criteria and Guidelines for Submission, see the full Call for Proposals: Affordable Course Materials Part II: Content


Abbey Elder, Open Access and scholarly communication librarian, 204 Parks Library, 515-294-5753