Open Access Monograph Funding


Penn State University Libraries continues to provide funding for Open Access Monographs. The maximum allotment per monograph is $15,000 per title, though that amount may vary based on the requested amount from the Press. Please review the following criteria before submitting an application for funding consideration. Contact Ally Laird ( with questions about Open Access Monograph Funding at Penn State. To view monographs supported by Penn State Libraries, through the former TOME Initiative and by other Libraries funding, please review the collection of works in ScholarSphere.

Deadline(s) for Submission

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If the number of grants is spent in a current year, resubmission is encouraged for the following year.


  • Open access monograph proposals authored or co-authored by a current full-time Penn State faculty member are eligible.
  • Textbooks, works of fiction, creative works, edited anthologies, translations of previously published works, or critical editions are not eligible.
  • Projects must have a written acceptance for open access publication from a not-for-profit press, such as a university press.
  • Maximum of one (1) grant awarded per year, per author.

OA Edition Requirements:

  • Press will publish a platform agnostic and accessible digital edition of the monograph under a Creative Commons license (CC BY or CC BY-NC) no later than the original date of publication.
  • A CC BY license is preferred when possible.
  • This edition must be free from DRM.
  • Press will provide a copy of the digital edition for deposit in Penn State’s Institutional Repository, ScholarSphere.
  • The press may print and sell a print edition. If the press sells a print edition, a link to the open access digital edition must be made available alongside information about the print edition wherever possible, including on the publisher’s website.
  • The open access digital edition and any print edition(s) must include a copyright page bearing the Creative Commons license that applies to the work and an acknowledgment of Penn State’s funding and the TOME program. This information should appear in font at least as large as the copyright notice.
  • The final digital publication must be made accessible via WCAG 2.0 or 2.1 requirements.

Application Process

Applications are submitted by the press publishing the monograph. Applications will be internally reviewed as they are received. If any clarifications and/or edits need to be made to the application in order to receive a subvention grant, the author(s) and press will be notified.