Ecosystem Support Program logo

Academic Grants Round

The Ethereum Foundation is sponsoring a wave of grants to support Ethereum-related academic work. This grants round has up to $1M in total available funds. Proposals are due 23:59 UTC February 27th, 2023. All of the details you'll need to apply can be found below.

Academics doing research about Ethereum
Academics doing research about Ethereum

Applications for this grant wave are closed.

If you're still interested in pursuing grants for a project, you can still go through our standard applications.

In the first Academic Grants Round the Ethereum Foundation awarded 39 grants from 18 countries. You can see all of the winners listed in the grantee announcement. We're renewing our support of academic research throughout the Ethereum ecosystem with the Academic Grants Round 2023!

With this grants round, the Ethereum Foundation welcomes more academics to the table to push forward formal academic research in related domains. Such domains include theoretical and applied cryptography, mathematics, zero-knowledge proofs, economics, computation, cybersecurity, protocol and consensus mechanisms, formal verification, P2P networking, society and regulation, and hardware.

Submit proposal

Individual researchers with academic backgrounds, research centers, universities, think-tanks, educators and other stakeholders interested in research on matters related to Ethereum and its ecosystem are encouraged to apply.

Anyone is free to participate in this grants round, as an individual or with a team.

Research outputs are encouraged but not limited to the following wishlist.

We welcome research at any stage, whether it's a new idea based on the wishlist, a project that furthers Ethereum-related research you've already undertaken, or a lab experiment.

Grants will be awarded on a case by case basis and will be reviewed after the deadline. You may enter more than one proposal as long as each proposal is unique and meets the requirements.


The deadline for proposals is Monday, February 27th, 2023. We will follow-up regarding your submission by email.


  • Proposals must be in English.
  • Work must be free and open source.
  • Reports must be accessible by a url.
  • Proposal must include the topics in the template, but you can expand on these.

Selection criteria

Surprise us with your creativity! Here are a few selection criteria considerations:

  • Impact of the proposed research output.
  • Quality of work and experience of the research team.
  • Clarity, conciseness and organization of the proposal.
  • Contribution to the wishlist areas.
  • Potential of long-term involvement in the Ethereum ecosystem.
  • Analyses or visualizations that help a non-technical audience gain insight into the research.


The Ethereum Foundation is interested in research and academic output in the following domain areas, but don't let this restrict your creativity. Check out our wishlist.

Surprise us with your creativity!

Next steps and support

For any general support questions about your submission, please email [email protected].

Frequently asked questions

People gathered around the Ethereum tree
People gathered around the Ethereum tree