Are you a seasoned professional in the field of European Blockchain/DLT Standardisation? Here’s your chance to make an impact on the global stage while securing financial support. SEEBLOCKS project has announced a funding opportunity of €300,000 (through a series of four SEPs – Selection and Engagement Procedures) to support the participation of European Blockchain/DLT Standardisation specialists in European, international and global SDOs. They will represent Europe’s interests as well as contribute to the implementation of content in the Blockchain Chapter within the Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation.
SEP Deadline: 27th November 2023, 17:00 CET.
Key Blockchain/DLT Priorities
SEEBLOCKS.eu is committed to driving progress in crucial areas of Blockchain and DLT. The highlighted priorities include:
- Identity Management
- Data Provenance
- Token and Asset Creation and Exchange
- Process Optimization
- Cybersecurity and Applied Game Theory
- Use Cases
- Other Foundations (e.g., Vocabulary, Taxonomy, and Ontology).
First SEP Timing
The initiative kicks off with the first Selection and Engagement Procedure (SEP):
- Launch: 24th August 2023
- Deadline: 27th November 2023, 17:00 CET
- Evaluation Process: Proposals undergo a thorough evaluation by three External Pool of Evaluators members, followed by quality checks from a fourth member (Quality Manager/Rapporteur).
- Outcome Notification: Applicants will receive feedback and notification of proposal outcomes through an Evaluation Consensus Report by mid-January 2024.
Seizing the Opportunity
If your proposal is selected for funding, you will be provided with comprehensive instructions and information to prepare and sign the funding contract. Keep in mind that you’ll have a 10-business-day window from notification to confirm your intention to accept the contract. This approach ensures swift allocation of funds to successful candidates and efficient resource utilization.
Eligibility for Financial Support
SEEBLOCKS.eu extends its financial support to Blockchain/DLT Standardisation specialists, defined as professionals with proven expertise in Standardisation activities. This encompasses prior involvement in standards development, participation in various SDO working groups, technical committees, or focus/study groups, as well as current or past roles in relevant priority areas. Encouragingly, applications from members of European SMEs, Research & Innovation centers/organizations, EBSI, and EUBOF experts are strongly encouraged.
Supported Proposal Types
SEEBLOCKS.eu welcomes three types of proposals for the 2023 SEPs:
LT – Long Term Contribution (with travel option)
- Contribution to ongoing standards development as a chair, convener, rapporteur or member of an SDO WG/TC/Study Group – e.g., comments on standards development and drafts, attending meetings and participating in the different phases of the standards development process (also as an observer), paying membership fees.
- Maximum Contract Duration: 6 months
- Funding Range: Up to €10,00
ST – Short-Term Contributions (with travel option)
- Contribution to standards documentation – e.g., liaison to WGs/TCs, comments on standards drafts, participation at meetings, paying membership or registration fees.
- Maximum Contract Duration: 3 months
- Funding Range: Up to €7,000
OS – One-Shot Contributions
- Support to ensure participation at workshops or events – e.g., participant, observer, presentation; payment of annual fees.
- Maximum Contract Duration: 2 months
- Funding Range: Up to €3,000
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
Proposals submitted to SEEBLOCKS.eu will be assessed using four criteria, each scored on a scale of 1 to 10:
- Criterion 1: Soundness of the proposal and foreseen impact on Blockchain/DLT Standardisation (30%);
- Criterion 2: Technical excellence & relevance of the activity(ies) proposed (30%);
- Criterion 3: Expertise, experience and qualifications of the applicant (20%);
- Criterion 4: Economic sustainability and validity of the proposal (20%).
By participating in the SEEBLOCKS.eu initiative, you have the opportunity to shape the future of Blockchain and DLT Standardisation while receiving essential financial support. Don’t miss out on this chance to showcase your expertise and drive innovation on a global scale.
Visit SEEBLOCKS.eu to learn more and submit your proposal today. The future of Blockchain/DLT Standardisation is in your hands!