Our Goals

  1. Moving the IOTA protocol forward to meet the IOTA vision.

  2. Be a leader in DLT research.

Our Research

Please visit our Research Papers page to browse our collection of IOTA-related academic
works and publications.


Research Department

The Research Department has several key functions: securing the protocol, innovating new developments, overseeing academic research collaborations, communicating new concepts to the community, and investigating fundamental DLT questions.

To achieve our goal of improving the IOTA protocol, we identify possible changes, theorize solutions, simulate proposals, and test our theories. This process involves much internal discussion and collaboration with external parties.

When team members agree that an approach is nearing the deployment stage, when all stakeholders are confident in its success, and when we have had peer-reviewed external validation, the Engineering Team joins the discussions to turn the approach into code.


Director of Research, Dr. Serguei Popov

The Research Department regularly meets to work together on the most important research topics. Here, the Director of Research, Dr. Serguei Popov, introduces the Research team.

Guided by Academic Expertise

Research Council

Oversight and governance is essential for a technology with as much potential as IOTA. The Research Council sets direction, provides academic oversight, assesses grant funding, and oversees academic collaboration.

Our Distinguished Academics

  • Professor Robert Shorten

  • Professor Bill Buchanan

  • Professor Serguei Popov

  • Professor Mauro Conti


The IOTA Foundation is preparing to take its most important step to date in the maturity of the IOTA protocol — realizing the dream of a permissionless, decentralized, feeless, and scalable distributed ledger technology (DLT). We refer to this event as Coordicide: the death of the Coordinator. See our Coordicide website for more information.

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