Scholarly Digitization Fund


Books - Allyson Clay Works
From the Allyson Clay Works collection
digitized by the SFU Library in 2011.

The Scholarly Digitization Fund covers costs associated with digitizing scholarly materials. Digitization work includes scanning, creation of descriptive information, and other processing in preparation for deposit in Summit, the Library’s Research Repository, or another publicly accessible repository operated and maintained by the SFU Library.


Established in 2010/11, the goal of the Scholarly Digitization Fund is to expose SFU research and scholarship to the University and broader community, leading to greater visibility and knowledge transfer of SFU scholarship and research output. These outcomes are in keeping with the mission of the University, the goals in the SFU Strategic Research Plan, and the principles in the Library’s Open Access Strategy.

The Library is committed to providing permanent, persistent access to these digitized resources.

Grant recipients

Past award announcements can be found at Scholarly Digitization Fund - Grant Recipients.            


The SFU Library Scholarly Digitization Fund is a $50,000 annual fund, as funds are available.

Maximum amount per project

Up to $5,000 will be awarded per project in one budget year and up to 7 projects will be funded in 2022. Projects should be completed before the end of the fiscal year (March 15, 2023).

Criteria for inclusion

  1. Works authored by SFU affiliated faculty, staff and students, OR, material from the SFU Library’s collections, especially Special Collections. Works should be scholarly in nature, or related to the teaching, learning or research mission of SFU.
  2. Works submitted should be "publication ready", as the Library does not provide editing services and proof reading services.
  3. The author/owner or proposer must be willing and able to grant SFU the right to preserve and provide open access to the work, including all content therein (e.g. 3rd party images, charts, etc).The fund will not be used to seek or pay for required copyright permissions. Those working with Indigenous knowledge may be exempted from the openness requirement if the pertinent Indigenous protocols regarding knowledge access, sharing, and intellectual property would be infringed by making the digitized expressions and materials openly accessible to the public.
  4. If the author/owner has received a SFU Library Scholarly Digitization grant previously, the funds must have been expended prior to the submission of a new application.

Selection process

The Scholarly Digitization Fund application process is being revamped and is temporarily suspended until the new process is in place. Please contact Donald Taylor at if you have questions about this process.