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VMI Faculty Opportunities via Preston Library

Preston Library has been informed of the following opportunities from VIVA, Virginia's Academic Library Consortium, and related organizations. Please ask us questions about any of the following opportunities.

Faculty Open Course Grants from VIVA

Dear Colleagues,

VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, is offering $2,000 - $30,000 grant awards to adopt, adapt, or create open, library, or no cost resources and pilot them in a course by spring, 2025. Faculty members at any VIVA institution, full or part-time, may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed. Multi-institutional teams are particularly encouraged.

Recently, LTC Karen Bliss in Applied Mathematics was awarded $12,000 to create an Interactive Differential Equations Text with an Emphasis on Modeling Applications!

More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions are available at  A list of past grant recipients can also be found on that page. Webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:

Kind regards,


Store Sensitive Research Data for Free!

In collaboration with multiple schools across Virginia, the University of Virginia is launching ACCORD (Assuring Controls Compliance of Research Data). ACCORD is a free web-based platform which allows researchers from different colleges and universities to analyze and store their sensitive data in a central location. Currently, ACCORD is appropriate for de-identified PII (personally identifiable information), FERPA, and other types of de-identified sensitive data. The use of ACCORD has been vetted by VMI Department of Information Technology and VMI has formally signed a membership agreement with ACCORD  For more information, please visit or Contact Liz Kocevar-Weidinger at .

Wiley Open Access Publishing Opportunities

Effective January 1, 2022:

VIVA and Wiley have partnered to develop an expansion of the previous read and publish agreement that was in place through much of 2020 but which needed to be discontinued due to the pandemic.  Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish journal articles at no fee from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024, so long as annual central funds are available.  In 2022, funds are expected to cover around 70% of total publication, in 2023 80%, and in 2024 90%.  Authors with research grant funding will be expected to use that funding so that the central funds go further, but they will also be eligible for the VIVA APC discount.  A special allocation process will ensure that ALL publication in fully gold open access journals is prioritized and funded, with the remainder going toward hybrid open access publishing.  Contact Liz Kocevar-Weidinger at if you have questions.


ACM Open Access Publishing Opportunities

September, 2021 

VIVA and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have partnered to develop                            a new, consortial read and publish agreement that is related to but not specifically derived from their ACM OPEN model.  Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish articles (ACM journals) at no fee (the agreement does not include books or book chapters) beginning October 1, 2021, and the agreement runs through December 2024.  Authors will be able to retain the copyright in their articles and can select to publish using a Creative Commons license.   


The full agreement has been posted on the contracts page (; if you are in the VIVA community and need the password, please write to

INSTITUTIONS AFFECTED: All public institutions, as well as the participating private institutions (Hampton, Liberty, Marymount, Regent, U of Richmond, and Washington and Lee).

VIVA Open (OER) Adopt Grants - Applications Due October 4

VMI Colleagues,

VIVA is pleased to announce a new round of VIVA Open Adopt Grants opening today, with a deadline of October 4, 2021. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators. Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource.  Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the next round of the larger scale VIVA Open Course grants. The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website. Applications are due October 4, 2021. 

An Informational webinar will be held on the date below. Registration is required. More information is available on VIVA’s website

Questions can be sent to