Apply for OAT Program Award

The OAT Program awards $1,000 in research funds to full- or part-time faculty/instructors or curriculum developers at Rutgers who make their courses more affordable for their students through the use of low-cost materials, library content, or open educational resources.

While the primary goal of the program is to create, introduce, and enrich courses that reach the most students, we recognize the value of using open and affordable materials in other courses. To this end, applicants will self-select and submit their proposal under one of three tracks. The tracks are:

  • Track 1: Introduce open and affordable materials into a large course
  • Track 2: Introduce open and affordable materials into a small course < 35 students
  • Track 3: Enrich a course already using open and affordable materials

Applications will be evaluated on four major weighted criteria relevant to the track under which it falls (Approach; Sustainability; Cost Savings; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)).  Read more detailed information about evaluation criteria or read our FAQ for tips on submitting a successful application. The evaluation committee consists of OAT team members, students, and teaching faculty.

Please limit your application to one course per award cycle.

Please note the application form and evaluation criteria have changed slightly from previous years. Contact us if you have questions about the application process

Applications for the current cycle will be accepted January 23, 2023 – April 12, 2023 (11:59 pm).

Personal Information
Campus (mark all that apply)
Course Information
Is this a new course?
This course is (mark all that apply)
When will this course be taught with open and affordable course materials?
Please estimate number of sections and students. Note: RBHS applicants can enter their sections/students information in “RBHS Applicants Only” fields.
ALL applicants must enter 0 in the ALL sections and students fields for the semesters/timeframe the course will not be taught.
Summer 2023
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024
RBHS Applicants Only
Maximum 3 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
Please check that you agree with each item as stipulation for receiving the research funds associated with this award: