Open and Affordable Textbooks



  1. What is the Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program?

    The Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program aims to encouraging faculty and instructors to replace existing course materials with open educational resources (OER) or library electronic content. This would mean that the course materials will be free (or of very little cost) to students, reducing the financial burden many students face.

  2. Who is eligible to apply?

    Any faculty (full-time or part-time) teaching courses at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, or Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is eligible to apply.

  3. Can I apply for more than $1000?

    Unfortunately, no. At this time the award is capped at $1,000 per applicant.

  4. Can I apply more than one time? What about more than once per application round?

    Yes. Each round of applications is judged on its own merits. If you have applied in the past and were successful, you are welcome to apply for the award again.

    However, at this time, we are only able to award one research fund per person. If your project involves redesigning two courses, you will receive only one $1,000 award.

  5. I am not a full-time faculty member. Can I still apply?

    Absolutely. Anyone who is teaching a course is encouraged to apply.

  6. What are the main reporting requirements?

    You will be asked for periodic updates by the OAT team member that is assigned to work with you. We want to make sure that you have all of the support you need in order to implement the project successfully. In addition, you will be asked to administer a student survey to all students in your course at the end of the semester. The survey is very important for the continuation of this project, and we ask that you strongly encourage students to complete it.

  7. When will I receive my award?

    The funds will be transferred to your department as soon as we receive all of the required information: 1) signed agreement form, 2) name/email of your administrative contact, and 3) account number into which to transfer the funds.

  8. Is this a cash award?

    No. In fact, this is technically a "research fund," which means that it will be transferred to your department and not directly paid to you. The funding may be utilized as you see fit as long as it is in accordance with Rutgers policies and procedures.  Please provide an administrative contact for your area and the appropriate account to use for your transfer.

  9. Who is funding this award?

    The OAT research funds are funded by Rutgers University Libraries and private donors to the OAT Program.

  10. What kind of support can the library offer?

    Rutgers University Libraries are eager to support you in this project by providing you our expertise in selecting open/affordable course materials to use, advising you with basic copyright inquiries, and consulting on other matters that may arise.

  11. What can I use this award for?

    The funding may be utilized as you see fit as long as it is in accordance with Rutgers policies and procedures. Some examples (from previous award winners): hiring a graduate or undergraduate student to help with the course redesign, attending a conference on best practices in teaching with open educational resources, or helping with expenses for other professional development or work-related travel needs.

  12. I am a graduate student teaching a course. Will this award impact my financial aid?

    If you are receiving financial aid, you are advised to check with the financial aid office to determine if there would be any impact to your personal financial package.