Decentralised, Peer-to-Peer funding can unlock research opportunities previously closed to the majority. With DeSciWorld, researchers can apply for funding or take on the requests of others.

The problem DeSciConnect solves

The current processes for research grants have limitations and regulations that result in majority lacking the resources or criteria to be eligible for such grants. Furthermore, the nature of research grants may prohibit controversial topics from being researched or disruptive technologies being researched could result in compromised well-being of the researchers.

In light of these issues, DeSciConnect aims to tackle all of them by introducing a decentralized peer to peer research funding system with the aim of broadening the boundaries of scientific research and at the same time empowering researchers. With decentralized funding made possible via escrows and a verification system for researchers' qualifications using a Trust Score as the backbone for DeSciConnect, we aim to develop the platform as a vibrant hub for advances in science along all verticals. With DeSciConnect bypassing limitations of borders, we envision advances in Science in ways that were impossible when led by centralized intermediaries. Furthermore, researchers can freely and safely research on controversial topics that may cause them harm if their identity is compromised, which further incentivises the use of the platform to conduct academic studies on certain topics, an example being disruptive pharmaceutical technology.

By leveraging on technologies such as IPFS as a file storage system for immutable IPNFTs alongside cryptographically secured systems of Web3, DeSciWorld aptly leverages on the best of Web3 for a safe, decentralized platform primed to revolutionize the world of scientific research.

Challenges we ran into

Timeline was tight. Had to do alot of coding within limited time frame. Lots of UI redesigns, lots of conditions/logic. Furthermore, there was miscommunication between members due to being in different countries, which caused some effort to go to waste.

Furthermore, as we were new to IPFS technology, we had to do research and figure out which ipfs provider was easier to integrate/use. Had to spend time going through documentation to get everything working.