There are a number of grants and funding pathways to support open scholarship at UBC.

Open Education | Open Access

Open Education


The UBC Vancouver OER Fund supports affordable and inclusive access to learning materials through the use of open educational resources in UBCV credit courses.  The fund contains two grant programs:

  • OER Affordability Grants provide funding and staff support to UBC faculty up to $25,000 over the life of the project to incorporate open educational resources as the required materials into UBCV undergraduate credit courses.
  • OER Rapid Innovation Grants of up to $2,000 per project are available to UBC Vancouver students, faculty and staff for a wide range of innovative activities and events that increase OER development, awareness, and capacity building.

ALT 2040 Fund (UBCO)

The UBC Okanagan ALT-2040 Fund supports program development, curriculum transformations, student experience enhancement and open educational resource development that accelerates the curricular vision expressed in Outlook 2040. The fund contains a grant stream specifically for OER:

  • The Open Educational Resources grant stream providers grants of up to $10,00 to support the creation and/or adaption of OER to provide students with meaningful, contextualized learning materials


The UBC Vancouver Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) enriches student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. As part of a priority focus on inclusion, it supports the creation or integration of open educational resources to make education more affordable and accessible to students.

Small TLEF Innovation projects can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project.

Open Access

UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research  (UBCV and UBCO)

The UBC Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research assists UBC faculty members who wish to publish in Open Access books and journals and who are required to pay associated fees, sometimes known as article processing charges (APCs). The Open Access Fund supports the costs of making books or journal articles openly accessible which is a requirement of many funding agencies and enables wide dissemination of University research. It can provide funding up to $3,500 to an individual author or individual work each academic year.

SoTL Dissemination Fund (UBCV)

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Dissemination Fund supports the publication of research on teaching and learning in higher education with direct implications for UBC. The fund provides grants of up to $2,000 to cover article processing charges (APC) or other fees related to publishing open access. If applying to cover the cost of open access publication in a journal, the journal must be peer reviewed, have a DOI, an impact factor, be indexed in major databases, or have a similar metric used in that particular discipline.