Announcing First Cohort of Ecosystem Grants and Support for New Block Explorers. New RFP Issued.

Juni 10, 2019

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has issued four grants to help make Tezos development and blockchain analysis more accessible and user-friendly. Last month, the Foundation completed reviews of proposals submitted to the first cohort of its Ecosystem Grants Program. Thank you to everyone who took the time to create and submit […]

The Tezos Foundation is pleased to announce that it has issued four grants to help make Tezos development and blockchain analysis more accessible and user-friendly.

Last month, the Foundation completed reviews of proposals submitted to the first cohort of its Ecosystem Grants Program. Thank you to everyone who took the time to create and submit proposals!

After its review, the Foundation has decided to fund the following projects:

  • PyTezos and Better Call Dev: PyTezos and Better Call Dev are two projects in development by the Baking Bad team. PyTezos is a library and unit-testing framework to interact with the Tezos blockchain. Additionally, it is an exploration tool for data scientists and lays the foundation for the Better Call Dev meta-explorer for Tezos smart contracts. PyTezos consists of three main packages: 1) to manage cryptographic keys and signatures; 2) to query blockchain data via RPC (with syntax sugar and smart caching); 3) to convert Tezos structures between different representations. With this grant, the Baking Bad team will build an advanced developer toolset to make Tezos smart contract development more accessible.
  • Pocket Network: Pocket is building a trustless API layer to provide developers easy access to supported blockchains. Comprising of three plugins – PocketSwift, Pocket Android, and PocketJS – the Pocket Network will allow developers to leverage Tezos by connecting to any Pocket node. Upon launch, the Pocket SDK will offer a user-friendly, easy-to-use interface for application development.

Following its commitment to make Tezos blockchain data more accessible, the Foundation is also pleased to support the following Tezos block explorer projects:

  • tezblock: tezblock will be a Tezos block explorer developed by Papers, the team behind the AirGap wallet. Tezblock aims to provide a visually appealing, intuitive block explorer to make analyzing the Tezos blockchain more accessible to all users. Tezblock will present important data in a simple, streamlined dashboard with detailed information about Tezos bakers and governance. A REST API will also be developed as part of this grant. Tezblock will be fully open-source and self-deployable.
  • KIDTSUNAMI block explorer: KIDTSUNAMI is the developer of Blockwatch, a powerful blockchain analytics platform. The KIDTSUNAMI team will design and develop an open-source block explorer web frontend to display both live and historic data about the Tezos blockchain. Other analytics will also be available. The web frontend will be compatible with different Tezos networks (mainnet, alphanet, zeronet) and both desktop and mobile web browsers.

The Foundation is excited to support these projects and is issuing a new call for more developer tools and block explorers.

CURRENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

Those interested in applying for an ecosystem grant may now submit applications here. Below is information on criteria for these grant proposals. The application period will remain open until 10 July 2019 at 23:59 EST.

Ecosystem Grants

What we’re looking for
To further encourage adoption of Tezos, the Foundation encourages the submission of ecosystem grant proposals targeting a range of projects that will expand the Tezos ecosystem with key tools for developers and community members.

The Foundation is also especially eager to fund the creation of innovative tools that can pull and analyze data from the Tezos blockchain. A healthy blockchain ecosystem is built on a robust and diverse set of block exploration tools. The Foundation is, therefore, looking to support more tools that can set up a meaningful connection to the blockchain for developers, present Tezos data in an interactive and easily accessible format, and, more generally, exploit and value the blockchain data. Projects may use existing indexers that build and keep updated a database storing chain data for fast access, such as Conseil from Cryptonomic or Nomadic Labs’ Tezos-indexer (Conseil’s data format is described here and Nomadic Labs’ is here), or build their own.

For its next cohort of ecosystem grants, the Foundation will consider and accept proposals in the following categories:

  • Applications built using Tezos smart contracts (with special interest in Decentralized Finance or “DeFi” applications)
  • Tezos block explorers and/or innovative related tools
  • Tools for Tezos smart contract development (e.g. smart contract testing tools, etc.)
  • Educational/training resources covering Tezos (e.g. Kauri, CryptoZombies, etc.)

Software tools to be supported must be made publicly available under an open-source license.

What to expect when submitting a grant application

Prospective applicants should submit grant proposals here.

While a full review will take 4-6 weeks, if you have any questions about the status of your application, please e-mail [email protected]. Our team will get back to you within 24-48 hours with an update on your proposal’s status.

Proposals will be reviewed according to the process outlined below.

  1. All applications must be submitted no later than 10 July 2019 at 23:59 EST.
  2. After all applications are received, we will conduct an initial review to filter out proposals that are not in line with priorities.
  3. Applications in line with priorities will be sent to the Technical Advisory Committee for technical review.
  4. Upon completion of the Technical Advisory Committee review, successful applications will be sent to the Tezos Foundation Council for final decisions to be made.
  5. Applications that are approved by the Council will receive communication about next steps including due diligence and legal paperwork.
  6. Due diligence will begin and may include checks into prior technical work experience and projects, skills, background, references, etc.
  7. Upon successful clearance of due diligence, legal paperwork will be shared with prospective grantees for review and signatures.
  8. Upon all legal documentation being completed, funds will be transferred to the approved projects.