Incentive Program

The cost of textbooks is recognized as a significant burden to the success of many UH students.

To help defer costs of textbooks, the Libraries has implemented an incentive program for instructors to adopt open educational resources (OER) for their curricula.

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP)

UH Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, offers incentives for instructors to adopt OER. Award recipients must implement an open or alternative textbook in their course(s).

In exchange for using an open or alternative textbook in their course(s), the ATIP offers monetary incentives for instructors that can be used for any purpose.

Eligibility and criteria

All UH instructors are eligible to apply for the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. Awards range from $500 to $2500. Award recipients must implement an open or alternative textbook in their course(s) in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021.

Applicants must be an instructor of record for a Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 course.

Projects not eligible for funding:

  • Existing textbook alternatives already in use by faculty; the proposal must be a new project
  • Commercial e-text versions of an existing print textbook
  • Textbook rentals

The following criteria will be used in determining awards:

  • Projected cost savings for students (cost of replaced textbook, projected enrollment, and frequency of course(s) taught)
  • Type of project (adopting, modifying, or authoring alternative textbooks
  • Feasibility of successful implementation of plan

Expectations and support provided

Expectations of award recipients:

  • Replace required traditional text(s) in a course taught in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 semester with:
    • Adoption, adaptation, or creation of an open textbook or other open resource(s)
    • OR assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources
  • Attend an ATIP orientation/training session held in Spring 2020
  • Meet with the OER Coordinator at least once to discuss project plan prior to implementing the alternative textbook
  • Distribute a survey to students in the course(s) in which the alternative textbook is implemented
  • Submit a syllabus and report upon completion of the course that includes: final student enrollment; analysis of reception of alternative text(s) by students; and an evaluation of the experience of teaching with an alternative textbook
  • Report the open or alternative textbook adoption to the UH Bookstore. Adoptions can be reported via Follett Discover. For assistance, please contact Samantha Eades, Store Manager, or Rebecca Thorpe, Course Materials Manager.
  • Know that your course information will be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar in order to meet the requirements of Texas Senate Bill 810 for courses requiring or recommending open educational resources.
  • Membership in the ATIP 2019 cohort. Cohort members may be asked to contribute to future workshops, share their experiences with others, or attend related events

For original content created as part of ATIP, award recipients are strongly encouraged to:

Support provided through UH Libraries:

  • Incentive award ranging from $500 to $2,500. One half will be distributed upon acceptance, and one half will be distributed upon the submission of the project report. The award can be used for any purpose.
  • Orientation/training session and individual consultations to support project
  • Assistance searching for open educational resources and library materials
  • Course Reserves support for making library materials available in Blackboard
  • Copyright and Creative Commons licensing guidance
  • Assistance archiving work in Cougar ROAR
  • Assistance applying appropriate metadata to OER products
  • Technical assistance in publishing open educational resources created using Pressbooks


Applications are not being accepted at this time. Information on the 2021-22 ATIP applications will be shared here when available. View last year’s application form (PDF).

For questions or help, please contact

Some ATIP materials modified from the University of Oklahoma Alternative Textbook Grant materials.