CrunchDAO serves as a secure intermediary, enabling data-scientists and quants to keep control of their models while powering hedge funds and financial institutions. CrunchDAO uses a meritocratic reward-driven tournament model to produce, collect and sell machine learning models. Our protocol speeds up the research process while avoiding overfitting. By selecting our models, our clients can select unbiased models to power their products and services. The CrunchDAO tournament brings decentralized scientific innovation (DeSci) to the world of quantitative research. Thousands of data scientists and PhDs compete to accurately predict the stock market, earning rewards for their predictions based on the performance of live financial data.