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Supporting real-world web3 solutions

We aim to stimulate research into exciting new uses of distributed ledger technology and provide support and funding to translate these ideas into commercial solutions.

To get there, we’re committing to multimillion-dollar grant programs to foster collaboration between leading universities and industry. The DSF will commit long-term support to initiatives that involve distributed ledger technology.

Education grants

to promote executive, developer and student education

Research grants

for advanced, foundational and industry-led research

Innovation grants

for entrepreneurship to emerge from academia related to DLT

Revolutions sometimes need a kickstart

Revolutionary research and unproven startups can often stall for lack of know-how, connections, or funding. Here’s how we can help:


Organising hackathons, generating industry exposure, and directly funding cutting-edge research.

Startups & Spinouts

Providing entrepreneurs from academia with the knowledge and financial support to bring their ideas to market, and invaluable access to our global partners.

General public

Giving DLT solutions a public platform and translating their potential in simple terms for general audiences.

About us

The DLT Science Foundation was founded by Dr. Paolo Tasca and Nikhil Vadgama, two highly respected experts in the field of emerging technologies.

Dr. Tasca is a Professor at University College London and a digital economist specialising in distributed systems and is the founder of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, one of the oldest and largest academic research centres in the blockchain field. He has served as a special advisor on blockchain technologies for numerous government and industry stakeholders in the world including the EU Parliament, the United Nations, and various central banks worldwide.

Nikhil Vadgama is the Programme Director of Financial Technology at University College London, Department of Computer Science. He is also the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He has worked with global stakeholders from government, industry and central banks. His commercial experience spans numerous roles in the fintech, real estate and education sectors. Most recently he was Chief Data Officer of a new challenger bank called Twig.

Global presence

The foundation is also made up of world-class academics and industry experts coming from top global institutions. The DLT science foundation is a global, distributed organisation. It’s in our DNA - just like the technology we promote.

Our vision

A world where distributed ledger technology replaces trust in third parties with transparency, in which anyone can verify data. Where open collaboration between academics, government, and startups breeds innovation, and the value created flows more horizontally across participants in the network.

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