Grants

We believe the Foundation’s role is to strategically deploy resources to high-quality projects and initiatives that will help ensure the long-term success of Tezos. As such, the Tezos Foundation is a proactive grantmaker.

Grantmaking Philosophy

Our Philosophy

We aim to fund innovative projects that have measurable impact on the Tezos ecosystem. As such, we actively identify educational and research institutions, developers, and enthusiasts from all over the world as they work to advance the project. The Foundation is particularly interested in providing seed funding to help launch new projects rather than providing long-term, repeat, or sustained funding. Although we will consider any proposal that may benefit the Tezos protocol and ecosystem, we are initially targeting three key areas for grantmaking, outlined below.

research and education grants

Research and Education

Research on and education about the core protocol and related technologies may lead to important innovations which, if implemented, will help Tezos adapt to an ever-changing environment. We are eager to support impactful research efforts, from master’s and doctoral theses to full-fledged academic centers, and educational initiatives, such as training and documentation, to push the boundaries in relevant fields and empower the Tezos community.

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We are particularly excited about these topics

NIZKPK (zk-SNARKs, zk-STARKs, Bulletproofs, etc.)

Formal verification of distributed consensus algorithms within an economic framework

Efficient secure multi-party computation

Static analysis of smart contracts

Efficient sampling for Bayesian inference

Documentation and localization

Academic conferences and events

Hackathons

Tools and Applications grants

Tools and
Applications

Tezos offers a platform to create smart contracts and build decentralized applications. Tools that make it easier for developers, both novice and expert, to build such applications may contribute to the growth of the Tezos ecosystem and adoption of the protocol. Apply for a grant if you have a compelling project that you would like to build on Tezos.

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We are particularly excited about these topics

Full web-based integrated development environments (IDEs) for Tezos smart contracts

Open-source compilers for high-level languages to Michelson

Testing suites for smart contracts in Tezos

API libraries and bindings for major programming languages

Web forums based on network identity

Simulation frameworks for proof-of-stake algorithms

Modules for Tezos exploring new consensus algorithms

Open-source block explorers

Alternative network shell implementations

Community organizations grants

Community Organizations

Efforts to strengthen and nurture the Tezos community are a top priority of the Foundation. We are committed to supporting organizations, small and large, that engage and expand the Tezos ecosystem.

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We support organizations that will contribute to the growth of the Tezos community and ecosystem.

Learn about the groups that we’re already supporting around the world and get involved.

Check out the Community page for more information.

Community Page
Evaluation Process

Evaluation Process

All grant proposals are evaluated by the Advisory Committee before recommendations are sent to the Council for final votes. The Advisory Committee is composed of scientists and researchers from premier institutions, Tezos developers, serial entrepreneurs, and other qualified community members. A majority of the Advisory Committee must recommend a proposal in order for it to be sent to the Council for a final vote. Moving forward, proposals will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.

Funding Vehicles

Other Funding Vehicles

Grants are the primary means by which the Foundation supports other stakeholders and community members but in the months to come, the Foundation will explore additional vehicles to deploy its resources. This may include sponsoring ecosystem funds and other similar vehicles to complement our grantmaking program.