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Saying Might 2018 Cohort of EF Grants

Thanks all for making use of, and we’re excited to announce the most recent Ethereum Basis grants! We funded 22 recipients for a complete of $2.84M.

Apply right here for the following spherical! 🦄


The Ethereum challenge seeks to assist helpful dapps and sensible contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, and the purpose of the Ethereum Basis is to empower builders with best-in-class R&D, developer expertise, and schooling. Regardless of the early promise of the ecosystem, we nonetheless have an extended option to go, and we’re right here to work with the neighborhood to drive concrete progress.

These grants will gasoline the groups working onerous at analysis & improvement to assist your complete ecosystem and assist make Ethereum extra scalable, helpful and safe. These initiatives don’t have any ICOs, no token gross sales, and focus merely on constructing helpful merchandise and experiences.

Scalability could be within the type of implementing sharding, plasma or state channels with current groups or by yourself. It may also be within the type of optimizing geth/parity or constructing alternate purchasers. Usability is for enhancing the developer expertise (e.g. static analyzers, linters, dev frameworks, cellular SDKs) or the person expertise. Safety can vary from auditing current contracts to offering instruments that stop error-prone programming patterns to contributing to different second-layer languages that target safety. We’re additionally starting to interact with the product/design neighborhood to assist clear up product and UX design issues, together with areas like key administration, Ethereum funds UX and onboarding flows.

Lastly, we wish to remind ourselves of how the Ethereum challenge started: passionate open-source builders contributing to the challenge on their spare time. In that spirit, we’ve begun a “hackternship” grant for neighborhood members that suggest an impactful Ethereum aspect challenge.

What we offer for grantees

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

We hope to offer Ethereum groups with extra runway, recommendation and sources to focus merely on constructing helpful merchandise and experiences.

Additionally, many of those grants could also be adopted on with further funding and/or collaboration when milestones are achieved. We consider this may present tight suggestions loops for impression to the ecosystem.

Grantee Checklist: Might 2018


Perun – $250K. State channels R&D.

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

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

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

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

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


DevEx grants*:

WalletConnect (by – $150K.  Interoperability for internet dapps and cellular wallets.

iOS Dev Equipment (by Ackee) – $50K. iOS + Ethereum starter challenge (MVVM assist).

EtherKit (by – $50K. iOS improvement framework (Swift).

vipnode – $35K. Gentle shopper incentivization.
BrowsEth – $25K. Typescript library for browsers.

#buidl grants**:

ENS Basis$1M. To this point, the Ethereum Basis has supported ENS through hiring builders internally, however now ENS is mature sufficient to change into its personal impartial group. We’re excited to proceed working with this nice challenge/workforce going ahead.

Pop Pockets –  $100K. Open-source browser pockets.

Belief Pockets – $30K. Open-source cellular pockets.


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

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

SecureEth – $30K. Sensible contract improvement requirements.

Gitcoin – $25K. Bug bounty platform.


Flint Programming Language – $10K. Security-focused sensible contract language.

Richard Littauer – $10K. Developer onboarding documentation.

Chris Spannos – $10K. Developer onboarding documentation.

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

* DevEx Grant – Improves developer expertise (“helpful” for builders).

** #buidl Grant – Builds for the tip person (“helpful” for customers).


Wishlist for future grants

In future rounds of grants, we wish to see extra purposes in these areas:

  1. Scalability

    1. Extra fee and/or state channels implementations 💚💙
    2. Extra plasma implementations 💚💙
    3. Extra sharding implementations 💚
    4. Enhancing effectivity of current purchasers resembling geth & parity 💚💙
    5. A tokenless “Lightning Community” for Ethereum 💙
    6. Tokenless Casper staking pool contracts 🔥
    7. WebAssembly R&D 🔥

  2. Usability

    1. Enhance non-public key administration and transacting in Ethereum 💚💙
    2. Various pockets / shopper designs 💙
    3. Requirements and portability between wallets 💙🔥
    4. Tooling that improves developer expertise 💚💙
    5. Improved documentation & developer/person schooling movies 💚💙
    6. Tokenless finish person merchandise 🔥
    7. Vyper improvement 🔥
    8. Extra safety centered high-level languages 🔥

  3. Safety

    1. Safety audits for Solidity and Vyper 💙
    2. Sensible contract audits 💚
    3. Particularly, audits for ERC20, ERC223, ERC721, multisig wallets, vaults 🔥
    4. Tooling that forestalls susceptible code 💚💙

  4. Hackternships

    1. You have already got a job (or college)? No drawback! Recommend an issue you need to clear up and we’re pleased to fund a 10-week $10K externship on your spare-time engaged on Ethereum. 💚💙(Profitable initiatives will likely be featured at a developer convention. We’re additionally seeking to rent and fund from this pool of aspect initiatives. Should you’re in search of the place to begin, take a look at the listing above.)

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


Subsequent steps

That is an ongoing grant program, and we’d like to ask the remainder of the neighborhood to method us together with your concepts (software hyperlink).

Ethereum is constructed by the neighborhood for the neighborhood, and we’re right here to assist you. Thanks for constructing!

Ethereum Basis Staff

(Largely paraphrased from first put up)



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