San Diego University awarded grant for blockchain research
Blockchain researchers at San Diego University in California have won a grant to develop a proposed distributed ledger to help verify data collected through scientific experiments.
The proposal, submitted by Subhashini Sivagnanam, a researcher and software architect with the Data Enabled Scientific Computing division at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, won $818,433 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Open Science Chain
Called the Open Science Chain (OSC), the proposed distributed ledger would provide a network enabling scientific work to be efficiently and accurately verified and catalogued, and allowing further data to be added as projects develop and grow.
According to the abstract submitted by Sivagnanam, researchers will be able to better trust the data they are examining.
The NSF is a government organisation that has funded several blockchain projects in the past. Last year it awarded several $1m grants to a number of research projects aiming to beef up cyber security.
Funds for the Open Science Chain research will be made available on 1 September and can be accessed until 3 August, 2021.