As part of RPIP-15, the Grants Management Committee (GMC) “SHALL develop one or more rubrics by which to select winning grants and bounties. The rubric(s) SHALL be publicly posted and anyone so interested in participating SHALL be solicited in their development.” To some extent this process of soliciting public input began with previous forum posts, including here and here., as well as on Discord. Based on that feedback, the GMC has come up with the following draft general Goals and three-specific Rubrics for grants, bounties, and retrospective awards. It has also come up with a draft application template for grants, with modifications for bounties and retrospective awards forthcoming. Any and all input/feedback is welcome. As a reminder, as per the RPIP, the rubric scoring is to be used to guide GMC discussions but is not used to automatically give out awards.
GMC Goals: Grants, bounties, and retrospective awards should make it easier and/or more attractive to do one or more of the following: become a node operator, operate a node, mint rETH, hold or use rETH, or improve the quality of life for the protocol and its community.
GMC Rubrics: What follows are three rubrics for scoring grants, bounties, and retrospective awards, respectively. As per RPIP-15, any applications submitted will be scored by GMC members using this rubric, but the GMC maintains discretion to award grants, bounties, and retrospective awards guided by rubric scores but not automatically beholden to them.
GMC Grants Rubric: The Grants rubric involves scoring each of the three categories from 1 to 5: If the application is successful, to what extent does it further the GMC goals? To what extent can the application be feasibly carried out by the person(s) proposed to complete it? If the application is successful, how large is the benefit to the protocol relative to the size of the proposed costs?
GMC Bounties Rubric: The Bounties rubric involves scoring each of the three categories from 1 to 5: If the bounty is completed successfully, to what extent does it further the GMC goals? To what extent is it likely that the bounty can be feasibly claimed/completed successfully? If the bounty is successfully completed, how large is the benefit to the protocol relative to the size of the proposed costs?
GMC Retrospective Award Rubric: The Retrospective Award rubric involves scoring the following question on a 1 to 15 scale (to keep it consistent with the 15 points on the other two rubrics): To what extent did the proposed and completed project further the GMC goals? (Note: if the project is ongoing, the retrospective award is given for work completed prior to the current period, with any future awards for the same project expected to compete in the Grants category and as a separate application).
Grants Application: What follows is the general application for grants. Separate (slightly modified) applications for bounties and retrospective awards will also exist.
Instructions: Applicants are asked to complete the following questions and to post their response in the appropriate thread on the forums (to be created by the GMC). Please refer to the GMC Grants Rubric to see the three factors your application will be evaluated based on.
=== Project ===
- What is the work being proposed?
- Is there any related work this builds off of?
=== Benefits === - enter N/A where appropriate
- How does this help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?
- How does this help rETH holders?
- How does this help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?
- How does this help people already running a Rocket Pool node?
- How does this help the Rocket Pool community?
=== Team ===
- Who is doing the work?
- What is the background of the person(s) doing the work? What experience do they have with such projects in the past?
- What is the breakdown of the proposed work, in terms of milestones and/or deadlines?
- How is the work being tested? Is testing included in the schedule?
- How will the work be maintained after delivery?
=== Payment and Verification ===
- What is the acceptance criteria?
- What is the proposed payment schedule for the grant? How much RPL and over what period of time is the applicant requesting?
- How will the GMC verify that the work’s deliveries match the proposed cadence?
=== Conflict of Interest ===
- Does the person or persons proposing the grant have any conflicts of interest to disclose?
- Will the recipient of the grant, or any protocol or project in which the recipient has a vested interest (other than Rocket Pool), benefit financially if the grant is successful?