Input Output Global supports academic research on interdisciplinary blockchain projects with an industry-wide impact.
Research topics of interest around current IOG products and systems are:
A DApp development ecosystem
The Cardano platform facilitates decentralized application development. Projects in various areas and topics that develop a DApp on the Cardano platform are welcome. A good entry point for DApp developers is the Plutus Pioneer Program.
A PoS blockchain protocol stack
A wide array of topics are relevant, such as PoS consensus layer and its scalability, robust networking, sidechain design and cross-chain interoperability, rewards distribution, governance.
A self-sovereign identity platform
Topics related to identity management including privacy enhancements or use-cases that exploit decentralized identity.
A suite of layer-2 protocols
Potential topics of interest include exploring tradeoffs between criteria such as optimistic and worst-case settlement latency, full smart-contract compatibility, fluctuating-availability tolerance, main-chain footprint.
A functional smart-contract language
Topics of interest include improving the development toolset for Plutus and smart-contract writing in general. Developer resources: Plutus Core Github repository.
A finance-focused domain specific language
Development of other DSLs for specific domains with interest in design decentralized applications.
A full-node wallet
Topics of interest include key management and wallet security, wallet-to-wallet communication.
A light wallet
Topics of interest include wallet security, integration between wallet back ends and applications, key management.
A stakeholder-managed treasury for project funding
Some examples of topics include participatory budgeting, incentives for management of blockchain treasuries.