V2 Incentives Program - Working Group (STIP Round 2)

V2 Incentives Program - Working Group (STIP Round 2)


This post calls for a workgroup to create a V2 incentive program framework to help address immediate needs voiced by stakeholders.

We invite the community to participate in the discussion:


The Short Term Incentive Program (STIP) was designed specifically as a one-time program, to allow incentives while the DAO designs a more robust, sustainable program in the months throughout the end of the year.

Over the last two months, the Arbitrum DAO and its stakeholders have accomplished great feats and gathered learnings on incentivization, collaboration, and the needs of Arbitrum projects. While the initial STIP was certainly not perfect, this was expected and one of the main motivations of the program was to conduct experiments on grant distribution to find an optimal system that supports healthy network growth.

The initial STIP further stipulated that if there is no program in place at the end of the year, protocols can put forth direct votes to on-chain governance to extend their programs.

This post calls for a new working group of Arbitrum stakeholders from all verticals and project sizes to build on the STIP framework with the data that will be gathered from the Round 1 grantees to implement a scalable and replicable incentivization framework going forward.

We believe a cohesive but diverse working group representing all of the Arbitrum ecosystem is extremely beneficial for the structuring of further incentive initiatives.

Motivation / Goals

Outcomes & Goals

The proposed working group is expected to work in tandem with the Liquidity Group to bring:

  • Better representation of different stakeholders in the Arbitrum Ecosystem including but not limited to dApps, games, developer tooling, and infrastructure to drive network and ecosystem growth.
  • Decreased information asymmetry due to wider representation to ensure all verticals get a chance at their voice being heard.
  • More frequent, productive meetings to analyze collected data from the Round 1 disbursements and better unpacking of such data by having more points of view.
  • Share the workload of the current working groups to shorten the action cycle and provide opportunities for Arbitrum builders who have not participated in Round 1 swiftly.

Specifications for Work Group

Focus Areas

This working group will expand on the minimum viable framework initially published in the Arbitrum Incentives Program - Working Group forum post by tnorm and try to provide tangible and actionable answers to:

  • Calculation and estimation of ROI for a wide range of project verticals
  • Assessment of innovation of a project and the value added to the Arbitrum ecosystem
  • Reforming eligibility and evaluation guidelines and creating upper limits on allocations
  • Creating a unified framework for calculating budget limits
  • Improve dialogue and feedback between projects and the Arbitrum community
  • Reduce unnecessary workload for delegates and voters


Over the last month it has been clear that the previous working groups and proposals were not fully representative of the Arbitrum ecosystem. This group aims to bridge that gap by including representatives from:

  • Arbitrum Foundation
  • Round 1 working group members
  • Gaming
  • DeFi
  • Developer tooling
  • Infrastructure
  • News
  • Data / Analytics
  • Treasury / Tokenomics
  • Community advocates

All interested parties can apply to be a part of this working group. The exact number of representatives and their distribution across the above verticals are to be decided on in the initial working group call with the founding participants. As this group focused on broad representation, newcomer projects are welcome to join as much as the incumbent ones. Please refer to the “Next Steps/How to Get Involved” section for further details.


Given feedback from projects waiting for the next round of STIP funding, we hope to accelerate the formation of the working group and reach project proposal fund dispersal by the end of 2023 or early 2024. Below are the proposed dates for the different landmarks of the working group processes.

Working Group Formation and STIP V2 Drafting

Working Group Formed - 11/17/23

First Draft STIP V2 - 11/24/23

Finalized Draft and Temp Check - 12/1/23

STIP V2 Drafting/Feedback, Budgeting, and Voting [December 2023 - January 2024]

The working group will finalize the structure of STIP V2, to start funding of approved projects before the end of January 2024.

Budgeting / Cost for Work Group

The cost is expected to be minimal, but it is highly suggested to allocate a budget for a project manager to lead this initiative.

Until a formal project manager is assigned, a member of the STIP Inclusion Workgroup will help organize workgroup programming.


Next Steps / How to Get Involved

We invite the community to participate in the discussion: (same as TLDR)


I highly recommend the creation of this working group ASAP so the structuring of a round 2 can be created without the shortfalls of STIP round 1.

I’d also like to nominate a few folks / groups for each of the categories:

  • Gaming - @Pepperoni_Jo3
  • Treasury / Tokenomics - someone from the JonesDAO team
  • Project Manager - @tnorm

There is the open question of compensation for the PM that leads this initiative and we should pursue an allocation sooner than later.

Excellent discussion points though, and I think this workgroup will accelerate Round 2 without throwing up a messy process in the meantime.


The perspective of Serious People, Inc. suggests that a thoughtful consideration, coupled with swift implementation, is imperative for the initiation of a Round 2 of incentives. Our exhaustive analysis of the initial STIP underscores the potential repercussions, and absent a compelling reason for users to retain their capital, we anticipate a turbulent scenario.

The STIP’s impact has the potential to exceed $300 million in Total Value Locked (TVL) across the network. Without proper management, this substantial amount could exit the ecosystem as swiftly as it entered. We contend that both the STIP backfund proposed by Savvy and a robust Round 2 are indispensable to mitigate the potential pitfalls associated with the STIP concluding on January 31st.

To this end, we are committed to participating in the upcoming working group call this Thursday and express a keen interest in contributing to the official working group.

Regarding the selection of a project manager, we advocate for an impartial individual, team, or group without allegiance to any specific protocol. A manager with biases toward one protocol over another could compromise the intended outcomes of Round 2.


Representing Axelar Foundation, we support this initiative and are eager to contribute! It’s critical we take the learnings of the first round and apply it to STIP Round 2.


One of the problems with creating a Round 2 (or V2) so soon is that we have not yet seen the results of V1 and it’s still in progress. Wouldn’t it be much more beneficial to wait until V1 concludes rather than rush a new proposal?


Discussion topics for today’s call

Feel free to suggest other agenda items :slight_smile:

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