FOLIO Innovation Challenge


EBSCO Information Services will fund FOLIO innovation grants totaling $100,000 to libraries looking to develop innovative technology solutions that advance technology for libraries.

About the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge

The EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge is a program that will award grants between $5,000 and $20,000 to libraries based on the innovative solutions they propose that advance technology for libraries.

Grants will be awarded to projects that illustrate an innovative solution to challenges that academic libraries face.

Grant recipients may have the opportunity to take part in a startup incubator program designed to support the creation of tools for academic libraries.

Why the FOLIO Innovation Challenge?

In June 2016, libraries and service providers came together to reshape the future of libraries and develop new technologies with a new initiative called FOLIO (www.folio.org). This community-based project provides a platform for libraries, service providers, and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects.

The FOLIO project sets out to develop new applications that extend the library into new areas. To further innovation, EBSCO will fund FOLIO grants totaling $100,000 to libraries looking to develop solutions that advance technology for libraries. Grants will be awarded to project teams that leverage the FOLIO codebase and address current opportunities in library technology.

Judging criteria:

  1. Advances the adoption of FOLIO as platform that supports new services
  2. Solves a common problem for libraries, not just one institution
  3. Provides innovation in a current area of library technology

EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded between July 2017 and April 2018. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals early at foliogrants@ebsco.com.