The Nano Center Proposal Guidelines

One of the primary roles of The Nano Center is to consider and promote submitted project proposals. To help you structure your proposal and to give you a clearer idea of our decision making process, we are sharing our proposal criteria. This may give you some guidelines for writing and submitting your own proposal..
When The Nano Center receives a proposal, it is reviewed by the ambassadors for consideration to be approved to the community. The role of the ambassadors at this stage is not to decide which projects we like - we see this as a job for the whole community. The way we decide which projects are presented is by referring against five standards. Projects need to meet all 5 standards to move forward to community donations.

1) Relevance.

The primary focus of the proposal should be Nano. Proposals will not be accepted if the benefit to Nano is only a secondary consequence. (eg a video showing the benefits of DAG based cryptocurrencies over BTC would probably not meet the relevance standard).

2) Originality.

To meet the standard of originality, proposals will need to offer solutions that have not yet been tackled by TNC or still have yet to be addressed. (e.g. Nano currently has some excellent robust wallets and a proposal to design another wallet would not meet the originality standard unless it offered something different and special).

3) Realistic Potential.

Some of the best projects are ambitious and exciting but there needs to be a realistic prospect that the project could succeed in its proposed form. It may be that a project needs to be scaled down to a workable level in terms of either costings and or timescales.

4) Detailed and Costed.

Projects need to be costed in a detailed way; it should be clear how all the money donated will be used. This proposal may benefit from two or more funding stages, which is popular amongst the community and allows a portion of the funds to be released earlier than the projects completion e.g. when certain objectives have been met.

5) Integrity.

This is understandably a sensitive issue, but the TNC needs to be confident of the integrity of a proposal. Gaining some respect as a community member helps here, and showing some pilot progress towards development also shows a serious intention to deliver a proposal.

Ambassadors will vote on whether they feel a project is suitable, and if the project achieves 70% positive voting it is put forward on the site. If a project is rejected because it fails to meet one of the five standards, we will try to give feedback and advice on how a proposal could be edited for resubmission. Many proposals need to be adapted, sometimes more than once to become suitable for going live.

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