Announcing Ethereum Foundation and Co-Funded Grants

We’re right this moment unveiling over $2M USD in Foundation-led and co-funded grant funding geared toward furthering Serenity (Eth2.0) growth as we transfer nearer to the launch of the Beacon Chain.

Eth2.0 Shopper Grants

In current months, the Ethereum Foundation granted substantial awards to main shopper growth groups at the moment tasked with delivering long-standing multi-client testnets as growth approaches the launch of Section 0.

We’re proud to announce the recipients of these grants.


Award: $189k for Concord beacon chain growth


Prysmatic Labs

Award: $725k for Prysm shopper growth

Website | Github

Sigma Prime

Award: $485k for Lighthouse shopper growth

*Co-funded by: Ethereum Foundation & ConsenSys

Website | Github


Award: $500k for Nimbus shopper growth

Website | Github



Award: $150K for nim-libp2p growth

*Co-funded by: Ethereum Foundation & Protocol Labs

Website | Github

Standing’ Nimbus workforce is constructing a local nim-language implementation of libp2p to be used in Nimbus and different initiatives. Additional, the workforce goals to create an implementation appropriate for resource-restricted gadgets.


Award: $184K

*Co-funded by: Ethereum Foundation & ConsenSys


Whiteblock is funded to proceed Eth2.0 community testing and testnet/interoperability help. Whiteblock will analyze the libp2p gossipsub implementation, proceed to work with implementors to assist refine the networking stack and specification, and advance interoperability efforts.

Analysis and Improvement

Dmitry Khovratovich

Award: $10K

Dmitry Khovratovich, an knowledgeable cryptanalyst, is funded to supply a report concerning the safety of the Legendre PRF (as described by Grassi et al.) and the proof-of-custody scheme meant for use in Section 1 of Eth2.0.


Award: $217.5K for Lodestar light-client and javascript growth

Website | Github

Chainsafe is engaged on Eth2.0 light-client R&D inside their Lodestar javascript shopper together with persevering with to offer help to the Eth2.0 JS/web-browser ecosystem by creating libraries, tooling, and academic sources.


The next bounties are open to assist additional analysis and growth efforts for the way forward for Ethereum.

Section 0 Consensus

The Ethereum Foundation is providing 5 ETH bounties (or 1000 DAI, whichever bigger) for any suggestions for substantive adjustments (bug fixes, optimizations, and so forth) that make it into the Section 0 Eth 2.0 spec previous to the Eth 2.0 genesis. These embody adjustments for the state transition operate, fork alternative rule, or deposit contract. For extra data, try the open bounty issue on the specs repo.

Legendre PRF

The Legendre pseudo-random operate is a particularly MPC-friendly one bit PRF. This PRF is at the moment slated for use within the proof of custody scheme in Section 1 of Eth 2.0, as it’s the solely recognized technique to make the proof of custody doable in a shared secret setting. To encourage extra analysis about this PRF, the Ethereum Foundation has set out a sequence of bounties right here:

STARK-Pleasant Hash Problem

The Ethereum Foundation has requested StarkWare to suggest a STARK-Pleasant Hash (SFH). The StarkWare hash problem is a public competitors geared toward evaluating the safety of present proposed SFH candidates. The problem is proposed at 4 safety ranges: low-security, medium-security, target-security, and high-security in a number of eventualities. See for extra particulars in regards to the competitors and tips on how to get began.

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