Proposal Title: Environment DAO
I am Raph, PhD in Environmental Sciences and Environmental management/conservation biology with almost 15 years of experience in research. This space attract people with different skills and I am convinced I can do a bit too.
There is a legitimate growing concern about the environmental impact of DeFi and more broadly of blockchain technology. Some projects try to offset their carbon footprint buying carbon credits but climate change is not the only anthropogenic pressure on the environment. I also know from my experience and from peers that it is quite difficult for PhD students, Postdoctoral fellows and junior researchers to get grants to fund their research, even if it is much needed if we aim to halt the decline of biodiversity in the coming decades.
So I want to start from scratch and create Environment DAO which will be at the interface between the Crypto space (DeFi in particular) and Environmental Sciences. The main idea is to launch every year and for three years, several rounds of grants financing 30 small projects and 10 large projects by years. These projects must be focus on environmental management and conservation biology to protect and restore biodiversity. They will also promote science by supporting the young generation of researchers and education.
How will your proposal, if activated, benefit BitDAO?
In the process of project selection, the community of BitDAO and Environment DAO will actively participate. BitDAO will have a share in Environment DAO tokens used for voting. It is a way to bring Environmental Sciences to people who would not have get these knowledge otherwise. On the opposite, applicants will have to get information about the funder: Environmental DAO, sponsored by BitDAO and DeFi. Conferences in congress will be presented to scientists to promote the grant opportunity and so the context of Environment DAO, Bit DAO and the broad context of DeFi.
Funding 90 small projects and 30 larger projects in three years is also a way to offset the environmental impact of the crypto industry, even if it must not be the only option.
BitDAO will be cited in any scientific communication and pedagogical tools that will be created to communicate on the funded projects which represent 120 projects in total. We also know how much it is important to support research, especially in environmental sciences as political, regulation and management decisions must be taken based on scientific evidence.
What are the projected outcomes?
There are several objectives and expected outcomes which will be discussed and prioritized:
To monitor the funded projects and increase chances of success, any funded project must constitute an international scientific committee and annual meetings. That will help the project to keep track and the most important is that the scientific committee will include a diverse panel of researchers and nationality. So that would create a dual role of mentoring the Principal Investigator and monitoring the project. It will also build the network of the PI and committee members.
At the end of the project, the PI will make a short video to explain the project, results and prospects. It will be essential in the selection process to mention how the applicant will be in charge of information outreach to a broad audience and to stimulate education Environmental Sciences.
Scientific papers will be published in peer-reviewed Scientific journals dedicated to Environmental Sciences but some projects could be at the interface between Environmental Sciences and Education. So outcomes could be diverse in these situations.
As BitDAO and Environment DAO will grant projects, long-term collaborations with high-ranking scientific institutes, universities and NGO will be developed. Basically, Environment DAO will make the connection between R&D in environmental sciences, blockchain technology and the concept of DAO.
-This project will fund people working on 120 environmental projects globally to protect and restore biodiversity and gather hundreds of scientists and project managers.
Every journey begins with the first step but I have idea that could be developed to scale this project and have a greater impact on the environment, producing scientific evidence and by educating as much people as possible.
How long will it take to complete your proposed changes?
It is a 6 year project. Eight months are needed to launch the DAO, create communication tools, securely manage funds (multisig wallets) and communicate ASAP on the grants. The scientific community will need 2-3 months to design projects and apply. As the funded projects will last for 2-3 years each, after the third round of grants, the team will keep working until the end of these projects. After 2-3 years we will reassess how Environmental DAO will keep going and growing beyond round 3.
Who is involved?
-Myself (PhD and several postdocs) to kickstart the project. I will initiate this project and recruit the first team members: one developer to help me structure the DAO, design the website, secure funds on the wallets through multisig and other technical recommendation I am not even aware of at the moment. I will also contact Education DAO to start a collaboration and to benefit from their technical knowledge in blockchain technology and design of DAOs. One or two project managers with complementary scientific skills will be recruited to communicate, and help me deal with the scientific part of the projects and to communicate with our peers.
What are the milestones?
After the 8 month period that will initiate the project, every year we start a one year cycle starting with the selection of projects and ending with a report of our activities before the next year cycle. At the end of the projects, the scientific committees and PI will be invited to meet and present their work.
Month 1-12 : Launch of the DAO, communication to the targeted audience and steps previously described. Call for application, presentation, review and vote of the selected projects.
Month 12-48 : First round of 30 projects of 45k$ and 10 projects of 250k$
Month 24-60 : Second round of 30 projects of 45k$ and 10 projects of 250k$
Month 36-72 : Second round of 30 projects of 45k$ and 10 projects of 250k$
Month 1: 280k USDC to recruit team members, for operations and communication.
Month 10: 3.85 M USDC to fund round 1 of projects + 280k USDC for operations and communication
Month 22: 3.85 M USDC to fund round 2 of projects + 280k USDC for operations and communication
Month 34: 3.85 M USDC to fund round 3 of projects + 280k USDC for operations and communication
Month 46: 750k USDT to support the team operation until the end on month 72.
- Add technical details and/or links to source documentation
I am currently writing the google drive document that will be used as a first draft of the Whitepaper.
The BIT Community and delegates might discuss and verify the following before considering proposals.
- Is the team credible?
- Are they qualified to do this work?
- Does the proposal make sense technically?
- Does this fit into, or compliment, other projects in the BitDAO ecosystem?
- Needs work