MIP RFC and Formal Submission Dates

The MIP Framework: RFC and Formal Submission Dates

This table aims to be of aid to authors who get dizzy trying to figure out when they should be posting their proposal so that it can make it into the next earliest Formal Submission window.

Monthly Governance Cycles in 2022

Cycle Latest RFC Submission Date Last Days for Changes Formal Submission Window
January December 8 December 27-29 January 3-5
February January 12 January 31-February 2 February 7-9
March February 9 February 28-30 March 7-9
April March 9 March 28-30 April 4-6
May April 6 April 25-27 May 2-4
June May 11 May 30-June 1 June 6-8
July June 8 June 27-29 July 4-6
August July 6 July 25-27 August 1-3
September August 10 August 29-31 September 5-7
October September 7 September 26-28 October 3-5
November September 12 September 31-2 November 7-9

How This Table Works

Let’s take January 2022:


  • January’s Formal Submission Window spans Monday 3-Wednesday 5.
  • If a proposal is first published in the forum on December 8, 2021, it will be eligible for Formal Submission on the very last day of January’s Formal Submission Window, January 5.
  • If the proposal is published after December 8, it will have to wait until February’s Formal Submission Window (February 7, 8, 9).
  • Remember that proposals must remain unchanged for at least one week before their formal submission.

So helpful, thanks for putting this together @blimpa !

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Thanks! Much appreciated, @blimpa


super helpful, thank you so much :raised_hands:

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@blimpa It might be helpful to list the MIP freeze date (no material changes) for the RFC before formal submission. That appears to be one week based upon @LongForWisdom feedback.

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@blimpa - Once a Formal Submission was made, when would that MIP go for a vote?

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Hello, Eithan :slight_smile:

Once submitted within the Formal Submission Window, the proposal will go up for a vote as a Ratification Poll the next Monday unless Governance Facilitators object to it, as per MIP51.

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@blimpa This table is a great resource that I consult all the time. Would it be an idea:

  • To add the governance poll endings and executive voting dates as well? Even if they’re projections, this can be indicated as such. These are important deadlines or anchor points for teams and individuals who are championing their MIP. Together they give an end-to-end overview of the MIP lifecycle.

  • To create a calendar with the same info and link the public URL in the OP? Not as a replacement of the table, but to make it easy for teams to add the dates to their calendars. I created a public calendar here that I’m happy to hand over. Although it should be checked for correctness.

Another useful piece of information to add to the text is that the days mean EOD midnight in UTC. So, August 11th deadline = 11 August 23:59:59 UTC. It often matters :).

And a question: how does the year-end impact the MIP cycle? Is there a December cycle?


Great suggestions, Wouter. I’ll think a bit about how to best implement them. I might take you up on that calendar offer :slight_smile:

As for EOY, there’s no Governance Cycle in December.