Might 2018 Cohort of EF Grants Introduced

Thank you for your application and we are excited to announce the latest grants from the Ethereum Foundation! We funded 22 recipients for a total of $2.84 million.

Apply here for the next round! 🦄

background

The Ethereum project aims to support useful dapps and smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, and the goal of the Ethereum Foundation is to support developers with world-class research and development, developer experience, and education. Despite the early promise of the ecosystem, we still have a long way to go and are here to work with the community to drive tangible progress.

These grants will fuel the teams working hard on R&D to support the entire ecosystem and make Ethereum better scalable, useful and secure. These projects have no ICOs, no token sales, and simply focus on building useful products and experiences.

scalability can take the form of implementing sharding, plasma or state channels with existing teams or do it yourself. It can also come in the form of optimizing geth/parity or building alternative clients. user friendliness intended to improve the developer experience (e.g. static analyzers, linters, development frameworks, mobile SDKs) or the user experience. security can range from reviewing existing contracts to providing tools to avoid error-prone programming patterns to contributing to alternative second-layer languages ​​that focus on security. We’re starting to look at that too product design Community to solve product and UX design issues including areas like key management, Ethereum payment UX and onboarding flows.

In closing, let’s remember how the Ethereum project started: passionately open source developer contribute to the project in their free time. With that in mind, we’ve launched a “hackternship” grant for community members who propose an impactful Ethereum side project.

What we offer scholarship holders

  1. Non-dilutive funding
  2. Technical advice
  3. Connect to more users
  4. Platform to share your work

We hope to provide Ethereum teams with more places to go, advice, and resources so they can simply focus on building useful products and experiences.

Also, many of these grants may continue with additional funding and/or collaboration as milestones are met. We believe this will result in tight feedback loops for ecosystem impacts.

List of scholarship holders: May 2018

Scalability:

in Peru – $250,000. State Channels R&D.

PISA (from Patrick McCorry et al.) – $250,000. State Channels R&D.

Sprites implementation (through It hurts) – $200,000. Implementation of payment channels.

General calculation on plasma (from Parsec Laboratories) – $50,000. Plasma implementation.

plasma (through Kyōkan) – $50,000. Plasma implementation.

Plasma (from Fourth State) – $32,000. Plasma implementation.

User friendliness:

DevEx Grants*:

WalletConnect (through balance.io) – $150,000. Interoperability for web dapps and mobile wallets.

iOS Dev Kit (by Ackee) – $50,000. iOS + Ethereum Starter Project (MVVM Support).

EtherKit (from vault.io) – $50,000. iOS development framework (Swift).

vipnode – $35,000. Light customer incentives.
searchedEth – $25,000. TypeScript library for browsers.

#Construction funding**:

ENS Foundation$1M. So far, the Ethereum Foundation has supported ENS by hiring developers internally, but now ENS is mature enough to become its own independent organization. We look forward to continuing to work with this great project/team in the future.

pop purse – $100,000. Open source browser wallet.

trust wallet – $30,000. Open source mobile wallet.

Security:

Zeppelin – $430,000. Solidity Compiler Audit (co-sponsored with Augur)

cedilla – $50,000. R&D on formal verification of smart contracts.

SecureEth – $30,000. Smart Contract Development Standards.

Gitcoin – $25,000. Bug Bounty Platform.

Hackership:

Flint programming language – $10,000. Security-focused smart contract language.

Richard Littauer – $10,000. Developer onboarding documentation.

Chris Spannos – $10,000. Developer onboarding documentation.

Chinese Academy of Sciences (Yi Sun et al.) – $5,000. Sharding R&D.

* DevEx Grant – Improves the developer experience (“useful” for developers).

** #buidl Grant – Builds for the end user (“useful” for users).

Wishlist for future scholarships

In future funding rounds, we would be happy to receive further applications in these areas:

  1. scalability
    1. More implementations of payment and/or status channels 💚💙
    2. More Plasma implementations 💚💙
    3. More sharding implementations 💚
    4. Improving the efficiency of existing clients like geth & parity 💚💙
    5. A tokenless “Lightning Network” for Ethereum 💙
    6. Tokenless Casper Staking Pool Contracts 🔥
    7. WebAssembly R&D 🔥
  2. user friendliness
    1. Improve private key and transaction management in Ethereum 💚💙
    2. Alternative wallet/client designs 💙
    3. Standards and portability between wallets 💙🔥
    4. Tools that improve the developer experience 💚💙
    5. Improved documentation and training videos for developers/users 💚💙
    6. Tokenless End User Products 🔥
    7. Vyper development 🔥
    8. More safety-oriented high-level languages ​​🔥
  3. security
    1. Security audits for Solidity and Vyper 💙
    2. Smart contract reviews 💚
    3. In particular, audits for ERC20, ERC223, ERC721, multisig wallets, vaults 🔥
    4. Tools that prevent vulnerable code 💚💙
  4. hackerships
    1. You already have a job (or school)? No problem! Suggest a problem you want to solve and we’ll happily fund a 10-week, $10,000 internship for your spare time working on Ethereum. 💚💙(Successful projects are presented at a developer conference. We also recruit and fund from this pool of side projects. If you’re looking for where to start, check out the list above.)

💚– Funded in March 2018 cohort
💙– Funded in May 2018 cohort
🔥– New to the wishlist

Next Steps

This is an ongoing grant program and we would like to invite the rest of the community to reach out to us with your ideas (application link).

Ethereum is developed by the community for the community and we are here to support you. Thanks for building!

Preferably,
Ethereum Foundation team
5.2.18

(Mostly paraphrased from first post)


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