University Blockchain Research Initiative

Championing blockchain research and development in academia

Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) supports a diverse portfolio of blockchain research, technical development, and innovation at universities around the world.

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Fueling Innovation

Academic research is crucial for blockchain technology innovation

UBRI helps prepare the next generation of the global fintech workforce, including engineers, entrepreneurs, and other global changemakers. This propels blockchain and crypto as a force for inclusive economic growth, and positive social and environmental impact for decades to come.


Universities across 26 countries


New or expanded fintech courses


Academic blockchain research projects

Supporting Global Research

Critical blockchain research and development around the globe

From providing strategic guidance and technical resources to giving financial support, Ripple works with UBRI partners to help drive research that increases global crypto adoption and interoperability. UBRI project highlights include:

The University of Zurich’s Fintech Innovation Lab launched The Center for Sustainable Digital Finance—the world’s first interdisciplinary Research Center in this field.

The University of Texas at Austin researched innovative ways that blockchain can be applied to help the current COVID-19 crisis.

University College London is designing a new approach to digital currency that could help mitigate future geopolitical crises.

UBRI research highlights report

For a comprehensive overview of UBRI's research support and its impact, download the latest UBRI research highlights report.

Click here for last year’s report.
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Project Spotlight

Critical blockchain research and development around the globe

National FinTech Center at Morgan

The National FinTech Center at Morgan is the hub of the HBCU Blockchain and FinTech Network, engaging faculty and students at all HBCUs for research, curriculum, and education in blockchain and fintech.

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Lab for Inclusive Fintech (LIFT)

UC Berkeley’s LIFT initiative focuses on identifying impactful digital financial technologies for the underserved through research, innovation and training.

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