The Ethereum Foundation Grants Program is dedicated to optimizing the way the organization invests its resources to have the most enduring and positive impact on the Ethereum community and ecosystem. In 2018, the primary focus was on scaling efforts, followed by security, privacy, and education.
As we move into 2019, we are returning to our core focus on Eth2.0 and Layer 2 scaling attempts, though we remain open to all grant proposals that address this issue. With this in mind, we are delighted to announce our first 2019 recipients.
Production – Ignis’ code, “roll up”, is a SNARK that can handle up to 500 transactions per minute.
LeapDAO – ‘Plasma Leap’ is a more practical plasma design with smart contract-like features.
py-libp2p – Python Implementation of libp2p that will be used in Eth2.0 research and various other projects by UPenn seniors completing a capstone project (Zixuan Zhang, Robert Zajac, Alexander Haynes?, and Aspyn Palatnick).
Ethereal – Information about ARM Provider decentralization and Client images of resource-constrained devices, as well as initial research on the potential use of ARM Nodes for Eth2.0 staking.
Goerli Test network – Developed by Chainsafe and broadly backed by the Ethereum community, it was launched at GörliCon at the end of January.
shadowlands – PythonTextUI rapid prototyping platform based on TextUI Eth Applications which challenge the belief that every application should be a website.
Deep sea – Research At Yale Columbia To further their work DeepSEA, a formally certified language that compiles EVM.
The goal of the Grants Program is to be transparent and accountable. Therefore, we have chosen not to include grant amounts or wish lists in this announcement. We want applicants to be judged on the merits of their proposal alone and not on the size of the grant or the wish list. We look forward to receiving new ideas and detailed quotes.