Academic & Textbook Writing Grants: Publication and Contract Review

Textbook & Academic Author's Association

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 31, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) provides professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. Established in 1987 by math author Mike Keedy, TAA is the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors. TAA's name was changed from "Text and Academic Authors Association" to "Textbook & Academic Authors Association" in 2016 to offer a clearer identity for TAA in light of the new meaning of "texting" on smart devices today.

Types of Grants

AA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.

  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.

  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.

    Award Value

    Maximum eligibility for any grant is determined on the following schedule:

    • Non-members, honorary or complimentary members, guests, temporary or trial members - $300

    • For members in their first year of membership in TAA on the date of application - $500

    • For members in their second or higher year of membership on the date of application - $1,000

    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • Members may receive one grant, regardless of amount requested or awarded, in any two calendar years, beginning and including 2016; non-members may receive only one grant ever.
    • Anyone who has applied for a grant that was denied may still apply for a new grant in any subsequent cycle. 
    • Multiple authors may apply for grants, with the following caveats:
      • The maximum grant available for any single publication, regardless of the number or status of authors, is $1,000 if all authors are members, or $300 if all authors are non-members.
      • For multi-author groups that include members and non-members, the maximum eligibility is prorated based on the status of each author.
      • For multi-author groups, the total each author is eligible to receive is prorated based on their status. If multiple authors apply for the grant, it is assumed that they shared the cost equally, unless receipts provided show otherwise. If only one author applies for the grant, proof of payment must demonstrate that ONLY that author paid the full cost (or paid at least the full eligible amount), and that author’s award is determined by their status
    • Eligible publications:
      • Eligible publications must be protected by US copyright law, and must be intended for distribution in the United States (works may also be distributed elsewhere).
      • Grants are only provided to academic works that have been peer reviewed by independent, third party reviewers through a process established and managed by the publisher.
      • For Publication Grants: 
        • eligible publications include journal articles, monographs, textbooks and other academic or educational materials that have been published within the past one year before the application date or are expected to be published within one year of the application date.
      • For Contract Review Grants:
        •  eligible publications include monographs, textbooks and other academic or educational books that are expected to be published within two years after the application date.
          • Because the nature of this grant is to alert the author to problems, opportunities or strategies that they should be aware of during the contract negotiation process, there must be a firm offer, but no signed agreement or finished publication, in place at the time of the application.
    • Eligible expenses:
      • TAA Grants are only provided to reimburse the academic or textbook author(s) for actual costs incurred for eligible expenses, up to the individual’s maximum eligibility.
      • Expenses must have already been incurred by the author(s) personally and must not be reimbursable from any other source, such as the publisher or the applicant’s home institution.
      • Publication Grants reimburse only those expenses that are necessary to the publication of the work (not the initial research and writing of it).
        • Eligible expenses include:
          • Permissions for use of images, etc., owned by 3rd parties, that are necessary to illuminate substantive points of the text;
          • Indexing or copyediting expenses; and
          • Publisher fees such as subventions, page charges, author fees, etc., provided the fees are deemed legitimate in TAA’s sole discretion.
      • Contract Review Grants reimburse only those expenses related to having an attorney review a contract offer from a publisher and provide the author with advice and suggestions prior to signing.


    • Self-published works are not eligible for grants from TAA. 
    • Works published in a journal suspected as a predatory publisher are not eligible for TAA Grants.
    • TAA does not provide publication grants for works whose publication is contingent on receipt of a grant from TAA.
    • Publication Grants: Ineligible expenses:
      • Interlibrary Loan costs, or other incidental costs of conducting research in preparation for developing the work.
      • Travel costs.
      • Equipment or supplies, such as lab materials, needed for the research or preparation of the work.