Ethereum foundation announces May 2018 Cohort of EF Grants

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In an article on their blog, the Ethereum Foundation have announced the allocation of the latest round of grants for dapp and smart contract developers. With the grants the Etheurm foundation aims is to empower developers with best-in-class R&D, developer experience, and education.

Background

The Ethereum project seeks to support useful dapps and smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, and the goal of the Ethereum Foundation is to empower developers with best-in-class R&D, developer experience, and education. Despite the early promise of the ecosystem, we still have a long way to go, and we are here to work with the community to drive concrete progress.

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

Scalability can be in the form of implementing sharding, plasma or state channels with existing teams or on your own. It can also be in the form of optimizing geth/parity or building alternate clients. Usability is for improving the developer experience (e.g. static analyzers, linters, dev frameworks, mobile SDKs) or the user experience. Security can range from auditing existing contracts to providing tools that prevent error-prone programming patterns to contributing to alternative second-layer languages that focus on security. We are also beginning to engage with the product/design community to help solve product and UX design problems, including areas like key management, Ethereum payments UX and onboarding flows.

Lastly, we would like to remind ourselves of how the Ethereum project began: passionate open-source developers contributing to the project on their spare time. In that spirit, we’ve begun a “hackternship” grant for community members that propose an impactful Ethereum side project.

What we provide for grantees

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

We hope to provide Ethereum teams with more runway, advice and resources to focus simply on building useful products and experiences.

Also, many of these grants may be followed on with additional funding and/or collaboration when milestones are achieved. We believe this will provide tight feedback loops for impact to the ecosystem.

Grantee List: May 2018

Scalability:

Perun – $250K. State channels R&D.

PISA (by Patrick McCorry et al.) – $250K. State channels R&D.

Sprites Implementation (by Enuma) – $200K. Payment channels implementation.

General Computation on Plasma (by Parsec Labs) – $50K. Plasma implementation.

Plasma (by Kyokan) – $50K. Plasma implementation.

Plasma (by Fourth State) – $32K. Plasma implementation.

Usability:

DevEx grants*:

WalletConnect (by Balance.io) – $150K.  Interoperability for web dapps and mobile wallets.

iOS Dev Kit (by Ackee) – $50K. iOS + Ethereum starter project (MVVM support).

EtherKit (by vault.io) – $50K. iOS development framework (Swift).

vipnode – $35K. Light client incentivization. BrowsEth – $25K. Typescript library for browsers.

#buidl grants**:

ENS Foundation$1M. To date, the Ethereum Foundation has supported ENS via hiring developers internally, but now ENS is mature enough to become its own independent organization. We’re excited to continue working with this great project/team going forward.

Pop Wallet –  $100K. Open-source browser wallet.

Trust Wallet – $30K. Open-source mobile wallet.

Security:

Zeppelin – $430K. Solidity compiler audit (co-sponsored with Augur)

Cedille – $50K. Smart contract formal verification R&D.

SecureEth – $30K. Smart contract development standards.

Gitcoin – $25K. Bug bounty platform.

Hackternship:

Flint Programming Language – $10K. Safety-focused smart contract language.

Richard Littauer – $10K. Developer onboarding documentation.

Chris Spannos – $10K. Developer onboarding documentation.

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

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

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

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