The FinTech Center is pleased to announce that we are now offering highly competitive grants to encourage research and academic writing in the field of blockchain and related topics.
The interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Blockchain and Financial Technology provides funding to faculty and graduate students to explore the tools and techniques necessary to assess and develop scalable, cost-effective, and secure applications of blockchain technology.
The Center funds research in a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, policy, sociology, accounting, computing, economics, environment, engineering, health, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and supply chain.
The grants will be given to high-quality publishable papers that contribute to understanding, improving and leveraging Blockchain and Fintech technologies and applying them to the financial, social, and economic issues that have the potential to transform our world. In this round of funding, we are seeking letters of intent to research the technical, economic, sustainability, and regulatory aspects of blockchain and FinTech. This research can explore the impact on the sectors that will be affected, including banking, logistics, and government, as well as the relationship between cryptocurrencies and sustainability.
In the past, the Center has funded research on blockchain-based systems, ICOs, IEOs, STOs, and global payment systems and will continue to do so.
The current research areas of interest for the Center include:
UBRI is interested in the following research topics. The research statements below are a representative sampling of real-world problems that are top of mind for Ripple and the ILP/XRP ledger teams, as well as for the broader community working in blockchain, cryptocurrency and global digital payments. This list of topics is not intended to be prescriptive, but can be used as a resource for universities as they develop their own research strategies within the framework of the University Blockchain Research Initiative and beyond. This list is preliminary; the intent is to use it as a working document that can be modified based on university partner feedback and the introduction of new topics, both by Ripple and by university faculty and students. This is not a comprehensive list.