State or Federal?
The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education - Open Textbooks Pilot Program provides funding for projects at institutions of higher education (IHEs) to create new open textbooks or expand their use of open textbooks while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in high-enrollment courses or in programs that prepare individuals for in-demand fields.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are IHEs that lead the activities of a consortium that is comprised of at least three IHEs, an educational technology or electronic curriculum design expert, and an advisory group of at least five employers. IHEs must also have demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of open educational resources.

Applicants must meet all three absolute priorities in this solicitation:
1) Improving collaboration and dissemination through consortia arrangements
2) Addressing gaps in the open textbook marketplace and bringing solutions to scale
3) Promoting degree completion
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Aug 29, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jul 30, 2018
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Match Required?
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
There are an estimated 1-3 awards. The estimated range of awards is $1,500,000 to $4,950,000. There will be no award higher than $4,950,000, the maximum amount available.

There is one additional competitive preference priority that will earn an applicant up to 10 additional points: using technology-based strategies for personalized learning and continuous improvement.
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