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The non-profit organisation Blockchain Research Lab is dedicated to independent science and research on blockchain technology and to publishing the results for the benefit of society. Its research is funded by donations and funding from companies, private individuals, public, and private institutions.

Blockchain is a new technology that has the potential to sustainably affect society and the economy, which makes it of great social value. Besides a number of industries, both public administration and political players are taking a keen interest in the development and application of blockchain-based solutions. The technology is being evaluated for implementation in existing business models, and new disruptive business models are emerging.

The Blockchain Research Lab takes a long-term interest in blockchain technology and its effects on business and society. In doing so, we place particular importance on making the connection between the technology and its applications, and to keep questioning the interaction between these two aspects. Because of the variety and complexity of the economic, legal, technological and societal challenges associated with the new technology, we especially value interdisciplinary research.

Our staff, scientists and scholarship recipients are highly motivated to face these challenges. Applying sound scientific methodology, we create the substantive groundwork from which to demonstrate both the opportunities and the limits of blockchain technology for society. That way, we aim to facilitate a better understanding of the technology and its applications.

In order to create and maintain a superb research environment that facilitates independent and interdisciplinary research by our scientists and scholarship holders, as a non-profit organisation, the Blockchain Research Lab depends on your commitment.

We welcome all general or project-specific donations from individuals or responsible companies that will help us to sustainably change business and society!

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Your contact

Christopher Nigischer

CEO

nigischer@blockchainresearchlab.org
+49 40 228634210

Ways to support us

Your donation will help us to successfully implement our projects, to promote talented (junior) scientists and to generally reach our goals. You will enable independent science and research on blockchain and thereby help to build the basis for the responsible use of this new technology and for the development of further innovative applications.

You can choose many opportunities to support the Blockchain Research Lab with a one-time donation or regular contributions. It is up to you whether you want to support a specific project or our day-to-day operations.

General, unrestricted donations give us greater flexibility. They enable us to react to changes at short notice and to use donations where they are most urgently needed. In addition to the expenses for our research activities, unrestricted donations can also be used to cover costs incurred beyond the scope of research, for example, for the provision of working materials, maintenance of data archives, publications or attendance at relevant conferences.

We are particularly dedicated to junior researchers, whose enthusiasm for science we aim to foster wherever possible. One way in which we do so is by granting research scholarships to high-performance, committed and motivated scientists.

Give our exceptional talents the chance to conduct independent and interdisciplinary research and thereby help to build the basis for the responsible use of this new technology and for the development of further innovative applications.

This is what your support could look like:

  • PhD-Student/ PostDoc for 1 month: € 1,800 – € 2,000
  • PhD-Student/ PostDoc for 6 months: € 10,800 – € 12,000
  • PhD-Student/ PostDoc for 1 year: € 21,600 – € 24,000
  • Master-Thesis (1 to 6 month(s)): € 400 – € 2,400

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The collection, analysis and evaluation of sound data is the basis of our daily work. The use of the services of platform providers for (online) surveys or independent market research institutes (especially for representative (internet) population surveys) are associated with considerable costs for the BRL. Support us in being able to conduct our surveys regularly and to publish the insights in the form of high-quality reports and working paper on our website for the society.

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Show your commitment to the digital future together with Blockchain Research Lab and contribute to the sustainable use of blockchain technology in business and society.

If you have your own ideas or wishes about a certain subject or project you would like to support at Blockchain Research Lab, we are looking forward to hearing from you.

We would be pleased to inform you about the possibilities how you can support our science and research.

FAQs

With the following notes we would like to give you answers to questions that are regularly asked.

According to §10b EstG (German Income Tax Act) your donation is tax deductible, since the Blockchain Research Lab is acknowledged as a non-profit organization.

Up to an amount of 200 Euros, the tax authority will accept the copy of the transfer medium or your bank statement as proof of donation.

Please fill out your bank transfer writing your full name and address clearly legible. After we have received your donation we will send you a donation receipt by mail. Donation receipts are always issued for one calendar year in February of the following year.

Please contact us, if you have inadvertently not given your address or wish to have a donation receipt.

Up to an amount of 200 Euros, the tax authority will accept the copy of the transfer medium or your bank statement as proof of donation.

Enter your preferred field of research on your bank transfer under “purpose”. If you are uncertain which area of research you would like your donation to support, we would be pleased to advise you on the various options open to you.

Generally, every donation helps us to realise important projects. However, permanent support is particularly effective as the recurring and therefore for us predictable amount makes longer-term goals in our projects possible.

Generally, every donation helps us to realise important projects. Unrestricted donations give us greater flexibility than donations for a specific purpose. Unrestricted donations enable us to react to changes at short notice and to use donations where they are most urgently needed.

We will be happy to provide more detailed information concerning the research projects you have contributed to. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Besides the pure research expenses, our non-profit operations also entail some recurring, unavoidable costs associated with the administration of our organisation. These include, for example, the costs of management, accounting, auditing or IT infrastructure. Since such administrative expenses should always be in due proportion to our research spending, we aim to keep the former as low as possible.

Basically yes, but please only by prior arrangement with us.

Please call us on +49 (0)40 228 63 42 10 (office hours Mon – Fri: 9 am – 5 pm) or send us an e-mail under info@blockchainresearchlab.org.

The following FAQs relate to donations with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

After clicking the button “Donate in Bitcoin” a popup appears that allows you to specify the amount in Bitcoin you want to donate. You can also specify an amount in Euro or US-Dollar, which is then converted to a Bitcoin amount at the current exchange rate. After entering the donation amount you click “Donate now” and you will be directed towards a site of our payment processor BTCPay. Here you receive a payment request that is valid for 20 minutes and shows you the chosen donation amount in Bitcoin. The Bitcoin address is provided as a QR code that you can scan with your smartphone and as plain text. You enter this address in a crypto wallet of your choice and conduct the transaction. After the transaction is broadcasted within the Bitcoin network (no confirmation is needed), the BTCPay payment request will show you a success message including the transaction ID.

We do only accept Bitcoin.

We convert Bitcoin into Euro shortly after reception. We pay special attention to low transaction costs. All received donations will be used solely for our non-profit operations.

Donations in cryptocurrencies in Germany are considered a “donation in kind” (“Sachspende”). According to § 10b Abs. 3 EStG (Einkommensteuergesetz) donations in kind are tax deductible in Germany. A condition for the approval of the donation in kind is the submission of a corresponding donation receipt to the respective tax office. We will be pleased to issue such a donation receipt. For us to be able to issue such a receipt, it is necessary that you contact us before you conduct the transaction.

Within the European Union and the European Economic Area, the deduction of donations is permitted under certain conditions if a donation receipt is available. For details please check with your local tax office in your home country. Unfortunately, we cannot give any information about this.