First UNESCO-UNEVOC Global OER Grant Programme

31 January 2020

The five winners have been selected

Following two weeks of extensive discussions and a challenging selection process, the selection committee has chosen five winning projects that will be notified today by email.

The selection process was carried out in three stages: In the first step, all submissions were checked against the criteria of the call. Out of 239 submissions from 57 countries, 61 submissions met all criteria. In the second stage, each committee member thoroughly reviewed the first selection submissions, until further reducing the shortlist to 20. From the resulting shortlist of 20 excellent proposals, the 5 winners were selected after deep and substantial discussion.

UNESCO-UNEVOC would sincerely like to thank all participants who submitted their proposals. The enormous amount of high-quality proposals highlights the many issues at stake in TVET across a very broad range. Further, they indicate that there is an awareness of the significant role of Open Educational Resources in TVET as we are trying to address Sustainable Development Goals.

As Robert Schuwer put it: "The outcome is so overwhelming that it must persuade funding organizations to involve more into grants for TVET." Ben Janssen remarks: "The high level of quality is striking. It is very unfortunate that only 5 proposals can be selected."

The committee was composed of the following members:

  • Prof Robert Schuwer, UNESCO Chair on OER at Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Ben Janssen, Director and founder of Open Ed Consult
  • Pascal Mabille, President of the TVET Academy
  • Max Ehlers, Associate Officer IT, UNESCO-UNEVOC
The selection committee was supported by Ruairi Gough, Programme Assistant, UNESCO-UNEVOC

In the coming week, we will publish information on the winning proposals on this web page.

13 January 2020

Thank you for an overwhelming response! We have received more than 230 submissions.

December 2019

This Call is available in pdf format


Open Educational Resources (OER) - learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain – and Open Educational Practices (OEP) around the creation, use, and management of OER to improve quality and innovate education are cornerstones of modern day education and training. The UNESCO–UNEVOC Global OER Grant Programme provides 5 grants of up to 5,000 USD to institutions that develop, adapt or curate such resources to promote open practices in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Applications are invited through an open call for proposals as per the deadline below:


  • Launch of OER grant programme: 3 December 2019
  • Deadline for proposals: 12 January 2020
  • Grant recipient announcement date: 31 January 2020
  • Project rollout and implementation: between February and September 2020

About the UNESCO-UNEVOC OER Grant programme

The Recommendation Concerning Open Educational Resources, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2019, puts forward the following expectation:

"In building inclusive Knowledge Societies, Open Educational Resources (OER) can support quality education that is equitable, inclusive, open and participatory as well as enhance academic freedom and professional autonomy of teachers by widening the scope of materials available for teaching and learning."

It defines as one objective "to develop a global pool of culturally diverse, locally relevant, gender-sensitive, accessible, educational materials in multiple languages and formats."

With our Global OER Grant Programme we aim to promote OER and motivate the global TVET community to develop OER and related initiatives and practices. A study commissioned by UNESCO-UNEVOC in 2018 on the use of OER in TVET found that the OER concept was still widely unknown among TVET stakeholders. At the same time it was seen as highly promising for improving access to high-quality TVET. Our call for proposals is directed to institutions (e.g. TVET schools, training providers, teaching and learning centres, teacher training institutions, libraries, OER working groups, etc.).

What type of projects are covered?

The OER/OEP must concern a subject area linked to Technical and Vocational Education and Training. We explicitly welcome the development of resources not only for formal education streams, but also for informal settings. The grant may be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Creation of new OER for TVET including textbooks, online courses, curricula, animations, multimedia resources etc.
  • Adaptations, localizations and repurposing of existing OER on the basis of existing resources, for example adaptations and translations of existing OER, including textbooks, online courses, curricula, animations, multimedia resources etc.
  • Creation or introduction of platforms for sharing of OER/OEP
  • Turning existing (closed) resources into open resources
OER training can be part of the proposal, but ultimately there needs to be a tangible output with an open license that contributes to Open Educational practices in TVET.

Although this call for proposals is only issued in English, we do encourage the creation of resources and open practices in other languages. However, we need to be able to assess it, so a summary of the output needs to be made available in English or French (translation can be paid from the grant).

What type of projects / proposals will not be considered?

The focus of the Grant is on the development of OER and OEP allowing users to freely retain, copy, modify, remix, and/or redistribute open content. Proposals containing the following will not be considered:

  • Purchase of hardware or tools
  • Projects that do not aim for an output that can be shared with the wider TVET community

Who can apply?

The Global OER programme is open for institutions only. Individuals with innovative ideas are welcome to partner with local institutions, as payments can only be made to institutions (including NGOs). Preferably, the implementation is carried out in cooperation or with support of a UNEVOC Centre. A selection committee comprising of Robert Schuwer (Fontys University, Netherlands), Ben Janssen and other international partners will evaluate proposals meeting the following criteria:

  • the final product has to be a tangible output that can be shared with the global OER community (an open resource or a guide on Open Educational Practices that can be followed as example by others) via UNESCO-UNEVOC
  • the output has to be released with an open licence, such as a Public Domain or Creative Commons license, which conforms with the 5R requirement, i.e. allows others to freely retain, copy, modify, remix, and/or redistribute the content
  • the expected contribution to a learning outcome should be described clearly
  • the proposal clearly describes how the requested grant will be used and what expenses it will cover
  • proposals need to indicate the in-kind contribution and any other resources necessary to complete the project, such as the assistance of students, instructors and trainers, instructional designers, multimedia developers, librarians, copy editors etc.
We encourage collaboration of multiple institutional partners. In this case, the applicant must designate a lead representative for the project and submit the proposal through the lead partner. Make sure that the role of the project partners is clearly defined.

How to apply

It is no longer possible to apply.

Further information

There are plenty of helpful resources on OER and OER development available online. Some key UNESCO and UNEVOC resources listed below provide good starting points:

More information on OER is available on the UNEVOC website.

Further Resources:


If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us at mailto:oer.tvet@unesco.org.

page date 2020-02-03

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