Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who will be reviewing the submissions?

A. The submissions will be reviewed by a team at EBSCO including:

  • Christopher Spalding, Vice President of Open Source Platforms and Communities
  • Ron Burn, Vice President, Services Product Management
  • Andrew Nagy, Director of SaaS Innovation
  • Vincent Bareau, Enterprise Architect

Q. How will the grant money be administered?

A. EBSCO will provide the winning institutions with a check for the full amount of the grant. A grant agreement form will be agreed upon between the winning library and EBSCO and a timetable for the project will be shared.

Q. What is the judging or decision makers’ criteria for selection?

A. There are a number of criteria that will be used to assess the viability of each submission. Grants will be awarded to those projects that leverage the FOLIO codebase and address current opportunities in library technology. The following criteria will be used in judging winning proposals:

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

Q. Where can I get the FOLIO code?

A. The FOLIO code and documentation is available at

Q. Who will ultimately own the software?

A. The software will be made available as open source under an Apache v2 license.

Q. Are there any restrictions on which libraries can apply for the award?

A. All academic libraries are eligible to apply for the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. Only libraries located in the following countries may apply:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • UK
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Lebanon
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia

The next round of EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge grants will be awarded March 2, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals early at