The Tezos Foundation’s core mission is to support the Tezos protocol and its community. As previously stated, the Foundation is committed to providing material support to developers, scientists, bakers (“network validators”), and enthusiasts in their efforts to fortify and innovate around the project.
We deliver this direct support by aggressively and strategically deploying our resources. We have committed a significant amount of funds in the last five months to premier research institutions and developers to help advance the protocol:
- OCaml Software Foundation – expand education and training of the OCaml programming language through the “Learn OCaml” project at Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics.
- Obsidian Systems – develop software solutions for baking on the Tezos network.
- OCaml Labs – improve the “Lwt” programming library, a frequently used library in the OCaml community.
- IMDEA Software Institute – establish a multi-year research, training, and dissemination program to address Tezos and related technologies.
- Inria – continue cryptography, distributed systems, OCaml, and other research efforts; set up internal labs, staff full-time research teams, and strengthen involvement in the project.
- Tarides – focus research efforts on packaging Tezos as a MirageOS unikernel, which will help participants establish nodes on the network in a more efficient and secure manner.
- Cryptonomic – develop a graphical wallet that can be used to interact with the Tezos blockchain.
- HackerOne – deploy and manage a bug bounty program to steadily improve the overall security of Tezos.
- TezBox – undergo a complete audit to improve the safety and security of its wallet.
Now, we are excited to announce that we will be holding our first formal call for proposals through an open and streamlined grantmaking process to begin in August 2018. Moving forward, the Foundation has identified as an initial target three key areas for grantmaking:
- Research that furthers the Tezos protocol and related technologies (including premier research teams/labs, documentation, education, and training).
- Development of tools and applications to support the Tezos ecosystem.
- Efforts to strengthen and nurture the burgeoning Tezos community.
In the coming weeks, we will invite community members, educational and research institutions, developers, and all other interested parties to apply for grants to support projects and organizations that strengthen the Tezos ecosystem.
All applicants interested in applying for a grant will begin the process by introducing the project and its relationship to one of the three grantmaking categories listed above. After evaluating the original pool, we will invite a select group of prospective grantees to submit a full grant proposal, which will ultimately be reviewed on a monthly basis and voted on by the Tezos Foundation Board.
Our public call will go out in August 2018. If your project is in need of more immediate consideration, please fill out this form. We look forward to supporting ideas sourced through our new grantmaking process to foster a robust, diverse, and active ecosystem.