The National Science Foundation is one of the most diverse investors in revolutionary technology for small businesses and invests up to $1.5 million in seed funding per project taking 0% equity. This year the NSF is looking to invest in R&D for Distributed Ledger in the private and public sector.
Phase I $225,000 (Proof of Concept - 6 months to a year)
Phase II $750,000 (Prototype- 1 to 2 Years)
Phase I Due Date: June 13, 2019
The Distributed Ledger topic area covers a wide range of technology areas of current and emerging commercial significance and impact spanning all areas of distributed ledger including blockchains, Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs), and related capabilities (cryptography, smart contracts, etc.). Applications of these technologies and approaches across any range of industries and commercial uses are appropriate for this topic area. It is important that the proposed project involve novel, distinctive approaches and/or disruptive innovations that enable high potential impact and competitive advantage in its field of use. These subtopic areas are meant to serve as examples of what entrepreneurs may propose in this space; all distributed ledger proposals with technical innovation and significant commercial potential are welcome, regardless of the specific area of focus of the project.
Autonomous Systems and Economies
Blockchain, DAGs, and Next Gen Protocols
Convergence with Big Data, and AI
Convergence with IoT, Crowdsourcing and Crowdsensing
Cryptography and Security
Decentralized Applications (dApps); Smart Contracts
Distributed Consensus; Fault Tolerance Mechanisms
Distributed Ledger in Edge and Cloud Computing
Distributed Ledger Interoperability
Distributed Ledger in Network Architecture and Management
Trusted Identity; Identity Management
Other Distributed Ledger Technologies
And many, many more topics.