The FinTech Center at Morgan State University is pleased to announce a highly competitive research grant initiative to encourage research and academic writing in the field of blockchain and related topics.
The grants will be given to high-quality publishable papers that expand the body of knowledge of the technical, economic, sustainability, and regulatory aspects of blockchain and FinTech. This research could explore their impact on different sectors including banking, logistics, and government, as well as the relationship between cryptocurrencies and sustainability.
The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Blockchain and Financial Technology provides funding to faculty and graduate students to explore ways that blockchain and Fintech technologies can be leveraged to address the financial, social, and economic issues that are currently transforming our world. The Center funds research in a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, policy, sociology, accounting, computer science, economics, environment, engineering, health, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and supply chain.
Applicants must first submit a letter of intent (LOI) by February 19, 2021. The FinTech Center will select LOIs based on the suitability of the topic and the scope and methodology of the writing. Selected researchers must submit a complete paper by August 30, 2021. The completed papers will undergo a peer-review process and up to five of those papers will be awarded $10,000 each. The competitive funding will be provided to the author(s) in proportion to the amount of work contributed to the final research paper. The announcement of awardees will be made on October 11, 2021. Awardees are expected to present their research findings at the HBCU Blockchain Research and Innovation Conference Friday, November, 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2021.
The awardee(s) must be directly affiliated with an HBCU in the United States. Awardee(s) will need to submit a W-9 form to receive the award.