Open Resource Grants

Open Resource Grants (ORG) are designed to support faculty in their instruction through the use of open source software. CIT will commit staff time and expertise along with server space for deploying open source software or for developing small applications using open source tools.  Where appropriate and in the spirit of open source software, ORG-sponsored projects will be shared with the public under an open source license.

Examples of past Open Resource Grants include:

  • Matt Lee's Face Rating web application
  • Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project
  • LON-CAPA (an online resource for physics and chemistry homework)
  • Lecture podcasts
  • Custom Wordpress sites

Faculty requesting equipment or commercial software purchases should apply for a Seed Grant.

Application Process

Faculty interested in an Open Resource Grant should fill out and submit the form below. CIT will contact applicant and may schedule a meeting to discuss further details within approximately two weeks.

Selection Criteria

CIT will consider available staff time and expertise in selecting projects. Selected proposals will meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Proposed project has direct instructional impact.
  • Proposed project is beyond the scope and responsibility of another organization or unit at JMU.
  • Preference will be given to sustainable projects reaching a large audience.
  • Preference will be given to well-defined projects with clear outcomes.
Applicant Responsibilities

Applicant agrees that CIT will own any software its staff creates and may decide to release this software to the public under an open source license. CIT will encourage ORG recipients to share the outcomes of their project during a CIT-sponsored event.

Implementation and Maintenance

Projects will be implemented using open source software wherever possible. CIT will host server-based projects (e.g. web applications) for a predetermined amount of time, subject to renewal based on the project's ongoing instructional impact.


Open Resource Grant Proposal Form

Please Fill In All Fields

Description of Project:

Educational Benefit of Project to Students:

Benefit of Project to Faculty: