RPIP-37: Protocol Development Source

Determines the process around core protocol development and funding
AuthorDarren Langley
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Vote Date2024-02-12
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RPIP-37: Protocol Development Source

Determines the process around core protocol development and funding


To ensure the long-term sustainability and continued innovation of the Rocket Pool protocol, this document lays out the high-level roles, responsibilities, processes, and funding for core protocol development.



  • Each year, the Core Protocol Team MUST facilitate a prioritisation discussion with the Rocket Pool community.
  • pDAO SHOULD engage in the prioritisation discussion to ensure development team prioritises are aligned with pDAO expectations.
  • The Core Protocol Team MUST summarise findings of prioritisation discussion and communicate them to the pDAO.


  • The Core Protocol Team MUST define an indicative protocol roadmap or release schedule based on the prioritisation findings.
  • The Core Protocol Team MUST provide quarterly updates on the roadmap.
  • The protocol roadmap is expected to evolve over time, the Core Protocol Team SHOULD communicate these changes in the quarterly updates.


  • The Core Protocol Team MUST draft Rocket Pool Improvement Proposals (RPIPs) for new protocol features.
  • pDAO SHOULD engage in discussion and co-development of the new protocol features.
  • In order for new protocol features to be included, they MUST be approved by a pDAO vote.


  • Each year, the pDAO MUST vote to agree a protocol development funding budget.
  • On a successful vote, the pDAO MUST pay a lump-sum payment from the pDAO reserve to cover protocol development costs for the upcoming year.
  • Protocol development funding is initially set to 5% of RPL inflation.


  • The Core Protocol Team SHOULD engage in continuous process improvement.
  • The Protocol DAO (pDAO) SHOULD engage in providing feedback on the development process.

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Darren Langley, "RPIP-37: Protocol Development," Rocket Pool Improvement Proposals, no. 37, October 2023. [Online serial]. Available: https://rpips.rocketpool.net/RPIPs/rpip-37.