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PhD Grant on ''Blockchain and Domain-specific Languages in Innovation and Entrepreneurship''

Applications are open

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Topics: Blockchain, Model-Driven Engineering, Domain-Specific Languages
+ Info: https://web.fe.up.pt/~ffcorreia/grant-brpx/

This grant is offered in the context of a groundbreaking funding initiative started by the Ph.D. Program in Informatics Engineering (https://dei.fe.up.pt/prodei) in collaboration with some of the leading IT companies in Portugal to support outstanding candidates.

The Topic 

Open collaboration has shown to be a key factor to the survival and competitiveness of many industries. However, matchmaking between the needs of big corporations, the solutions that the startups can provide and the knowledge and research in the universities is intricate, and the incentives for the parties involved are misaligned. We think there is space for an automated and decentralized approach to this problem. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and smart-contracts can provide interesting solutions for building a merit-based platform, the incentives system, setting the rules of the relationship between parties, providing governance throughout the process, and making everything tamper-proof and transparent. Existing research and practice around Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) and Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) may help to overcome some of the existing challenges that underlie this topic.

Funding

This grant is funded by Bright Pixel (https://brpx.com/) and includes:

A monthly grant of 1100¤ (above the Portuguese national grants, 980¤)
Tuition fees for the duration of the 4 school years
Additional funding for traveling and equipment
2 MSc grants/year, to be supervised by the Ph.D. student

Applying to the Grant

The candidate should have a very strong background in informatics engineering or computer science. Demonstrable interest in DLT, Innovation, Domain-Specific Languages or Model-Driven Engineering will be valued.

Interested candidates should send a 1 page PDF document to filipe.correia@fe.up.pt and hugo.sereno@fe.up.pt, containing:

A summarized CV
A one paragraph statement of why you should be selected for the grant

More About the Initiative

Additional advantages of this initiative are:

A Ph.D. project tightly coupled with the industry and focused on problems of great interest to the industry;
Access to training activities and workshops promoted by the funding company;
Privileged access to technical reports and technology;
Advise on business plans and intelectual property;
Privileged access to investors and startup programs;
Possibility to achieve higher impact based on the combination of two worlds (academia + industry) and on the associated resources;

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