TruBlo – Funding Opportunities for Blockchain Innovators

TruBlo is the acronym for “Trusted and reliable content on future blockchains”. TruBlo is a European project funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and the call topic ICT-54. As such, it is part of the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative.

TruBlo will nurture beyond the state-of-the-art research on blockchain technology and foster the development of new software, platforms or tools for distributed trust. The objective of the TruBlo Open Call is to stimulate research teams led by developers, innovators, researchers, SMEs, entrepreneurs and academia to define and implement small scale research projects on one of the two topics: Topic Trust and reputation models on blockchainsTopic Proof-of-validity and proof-of-location.

In order to empower the innovation potential of European research teams, TruBlo aims to provide access to specialised knowledge, technology, capital and markets through a 15-month support programme, divided into 2 stages: INNOVATION and PROGRESS. Each stage is associated with a specific technology framework and services package to accelerate and enhance the development of new products and services that foster trust in internet information exchange and content.

Through participation in the TruBlo programme, the selected projects should have potential to entail a substantial advance in the state of the art, deliver results with the potential to create higher research, social and economic impacts, combined with the potential to generate new value into the media & internet market.

Submission & evaluation process:

The open call is broken down in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1. Innovation (9 months),
  • Phase 2. Progress (6 months).

For phase 1, up to 10 projects will be selected to conceptualize a research project for 1 of the 2 focus aforementioned (first Top-ranked proposals will be retained).

Then, for phase 2, from the initial pool of 10 projects, a subset of 2 projects will be retained based on their quality to elaborate the concept proposed in phase 1 and prepare design specifications of the solutions to be implemented with potential users/customers.

The evaluation of proposals is carried out by the TruBlo Consortium with the assistance of independent experts.

The maximum amount of funding that each beneficiary may receive during the whole TruBlo project is limited to €200,000. A total budget of € 950.000 is available.

Closing date: 19 March 2021, 17:00 CET