Library Grants and Funding for Researchers and Scholars

Dr. Kianna Middleton sits at a table in the Morgan Library Reading Room. She is reviewing print materials from the CSU Libraries' Friedman Feminist Press Collection.

The CSU Libraries plays a critical role in empowering researchers and scholars. One way we do that is by helping to reduce barriers to research and scholarly excellence, including financial barriers.

Open Access Publishing

Cambridge University Press Read & Publish Agreement

In 2021, the CSU Libraries negotiated an open access “Read and Publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press through the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. 

Through the agreement, CSU authors can publish, at no cost, an unlimited number of articles in more than 300 open access journals from Cambridge University Press. The journals cover a range of subjects in STEM and Humanities areas. There are no article processing charges, as these are covered under the terms of the agreement. 

Authors can take advantage of the deal through December 31, 2023.

How to publish under this agreement: Read and Publish agreement with the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

Questions about the read and publish agreement? Contact Khaleedah Thomas.

Open Access Researchers and Scholars (OARS) Fund

Since 2013, the Colorado State University Libraries, under the guidance of the CSU Faculty Council Committee on Libraries, has allocated funds to support the Open Access Research & Scholarship (OARS) Fund.

The OARS Fund exists to provide support for and encourage open access publishing among faculty at Colorado State University. The fund will reimburse 50% of open access processing fees up to $1500 per article.

Applications are accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed.

Learn about eligibility and how to apply for the OARS fund.

Questions about the OARS Fund? Contact Michelle Wilde.

Open Educational Resources

Colorado OER Grant

Each year, Colorado State University receives funds from Colorado OER Council to offer grants to support the work required to transition courses from using commercial course materials to using Open Educational Resources. This grant is available to any CSU faculty member who would like to adopt, adapt, or create new OER for a course.

Applications are typically open from May to June each year.

Questions about OER grants? Contact Christine Pawliuk.

Research Using Library Collections

Friedman Feminist Press Collection Grant

In recognition of the legacy of CSU graduate June Friedman, the Friedman Feminist Press Collection provides research grants of up to $1,750 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collection. These grants are intended to help offset the expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to the holdings of the Friedman Feminist Press Collection, and make ties to it and second-wave feminism.

The annual application deadline is January 21, 2022.

Application information for 2022 (PDF)

Questions about the Friedman Feminist Press Collection Grant? Contact Mark Shelstad.

Water Scholar Award

In support of western water research, the Colorado State University Libraries provides research grants of up to $1,500 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Libraries’ Water Resources Archive. These grants are intended to help offset the expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to the holdings of the Water Resources Archive as well as costs associated with presentations, publications, or other products resulting from that research.

Applications are open to anyone whose research interests and objectives would be, or already have been, significantly advanced by utilizing the holdings of the Water Resources Archive.

The annual application deadline is January 31.

Application information for 2021 (PDF)

Questions about the Water Scholar Award? Contact Patty Rettig.

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