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 faculty 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 faculty 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 faculty 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 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020.

Applicants must be an instructor of record for a Summer 2019, Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 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 creating 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 2019, Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester with:
    • Adoption, adaption, or creation of an open textbook or other open resource(s)
    • OR assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources
  • Meet with the OER Coordinator at least once to discuss project plan
  • 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
  • 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
  • Faculty requiring or recommending open educational resources are required by Texas Senate Bill 810 to submit their course information to the Office of the University Registrar. Submit course information via Sharepoint. Please contact Cassandra Heavrin in OUR for assistance.

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

  • License with an open license (Creative Commons)
  • Publish using Pressbooks, UH’s OER creation platform
  • Archive in Cougar ROAR, UH’s open access institutional repository

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.
  • 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


Application materials for 2020-2021 will be available in late fall 2019, with an anticipated deadline of February 2020.

For questions or help, please contact

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