***THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSED ON 27TH JANUARY 2012 and this blog post will no longer be updated***
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to enhance digital infrastructure to support open content for education.
Read the Call for Proposals.
IMPORTANT!: AMENDMENT TO THE CALL DOCUMENT: BIDS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO OER@JISC.AC.UK (NOT OER@JISCMAIL.AC.UK AS IT SAID IN THE ORIGINAL CALL)
CLARIFICATION: Proposals can be up to 6 pages long, the coversheet does not count as part of the 6 pages and the Use Case does not count as part of the 6 pages either.
REMINDER: Bidders are strongly advised to ask a peer with “fresh eyes” to read through the Call and Proposal before submission.
An online briefing session was held on Friday 9th December 2011, 10:00-11:00. A recording of the briefing and the Slides are available. I also ran a skype surgery on Wednesday 11th January 2012. Further queries are very welcome.
An extract of the Call is available: Digital Infrastructure to Support Open Content for Education
Further information on Use Case Requirement is available.
Summary of the Call
Eligible institutions (HEFCE capital) may request between £10,000 and £25,000 per project. A total of £200,000 is available for this strand. Between 10 and 18 projects are likely to be funded.
I previewed the Call earlier in November 2011.
The OLnet initiative has recently identified Key Challenges for the OER Movement. These challenges include:
- How can we improve access to OER?
- What are the issues surrounding Copyright and Licensing and how can they be overcome?
- What technologies and infrastructure are needed/in place to help the OER movement?
It is these global challenges that underpin this Call for projects to enhance the digital infrastructure to support open content. The Call outlines some of the opportunities and challenges that have been identified in this space, proposals are welcome that meets these, or more generally the main aims of the Call.
Intended benefits of these projects are:
- A clearly identified use case will be met by the solution provided;
- Increased understanding about how to identify and implement digital infrastructure solutions to support open content for education
- An informed developer community, more aware of the target groups they are developing for;
- Enhanced capacity, knowledge and skills to enable positive and informed change in the sector (through piloting new technologies and approaches)
- Ideas for new or enhanced services, infrastructure, standards or applications that may be used at departmental, institutional, regional or national levels
These are Rapid Innovation projects. In keeping with the size of the grants and short duration of the projects, the bidding process is lightweight and the reporting process will be blog-based.
Bidders are welcome to use the oer-discuss mailing list to refine ideas and identify potential collaborators. JISC will not provide a matchmaking service, but commercial and overseas experts are welcome to use the mailing list to express an interest in collaborating.
The outputs of these projects will be made available open access and open source.
- Call Released: Tuesday 29th November 2011
- Online Briefing Session: 10-12 GMT Friday 9th December 2011
- Bid Deadline: Friday 27th January 2012
- Projects should start by Monday 19th March 2012 for 4-6 months and complete by Friday 19th October 2012
Please do post questions as comments to this blog post, join oer-discuss, or contact me direct.
JISC Programme Manager: digital infrastructure for learning and teaching materials (CONTACT INFO)