Adopt an Open Textbook Grant

The Adopt an Open Textbook Grant is a WMU Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative program that provides a financial incentive for faculty and instructors to switch from traditional textbooks to high-quality, free open textbooks.


  • Call for proposals: October 2019
  • Proposals due: December 3, 2019
  • Awardees notified: December 20, 2019


Adopt an existing open textbook or open course content for a course you are teaching and revise your syllabus accordingly. For example, teach ECON 2010 - Principles of Microeconomics - using the OpenStax book "Principles of Microeconomics" that is free online (and only $33.50 for anyone wanting a print copy). Currently an equivalent textbook costs $119 to $130.


Applicants must be teaching a summer or fall 2020 or spring 2021 course to be eligible for the grant. Applications for undergraduate courses with high enrollment will receive priority consideration. Your department must indicate that you will be teaching this course or that the person teaching it will commit to using the open materials.


University librarians are available to assist in locating an open textbook or OER materials. Instructional designers from Extended University Programs are also available for support in altering your course materials. 


Funding of $1,000 per individual is available to adopt an open textbook or a combination of open educational resources to replace one or more commercial textbooks for a course. The funds will be paid out once an open textbook has been used for a course and the students and instructor complete a short survey based on their experiences using OER content. Recipients may also elect to have the funds deposited into their individual or departmental research account.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the University OER Task Force, and awarded based on:

  • Potential savings to WMU students, based on course enrollment and the cost of current materials. 
  • Ability to implement the course in summer or fall 2020 sections, or for spring 2021.
  • Appropriateness of the selected resources, with an expectation of adopting zero-cost materials.


For more information or questions about this grant, contact: