NSF seeks partners for blockchain business programs — GCN


NSF seeks partners for blockchain business programs

The National Science Foundation is looking for partners to help with demonstrations of blockchain-based smart contracts that could enhance its mission or business processes, including procurement and grant management.

NSF’s financial management division described potential use cases in a July 6 request for information. These include using distributed ledger technology (DLT) for digital wallets or proof-of work mechanisms, automating enforcement of contracts or grants and reducing compliance and reporting burdens.

Over the past year NSF and the Treasury Department have worked on two proofs of concepts to see whether blockchain technology could reduce the financial reporting required with grant funding, according to a May blog post. Although the prototype that was developed was not deployed, the team found that blockchain could increase transparency of grant…

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