USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Open Innovation Program

By Adefemi Adeshakin | 1 min read
19th September 2018
 USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Open Innovation Program

USAID is accepting new applications for the Development Innovation Ventures program. The Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID's open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. By investing in breakthrough innovations driven by rigorous evidence, USAID impacts millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost.

Open innovation inspires new solutions to the critical challenges affecting millions around the world. DIV supports groundbreaking ideas to transform lives and maximize USAID's impact per dollar. DIV turns bright ideas into real results. DIV promotes a broad variety of innovative solutions & whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID anyone, anywhere can apply at any time
DIV provides flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. DIV looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.
Funding:DIV accepts proposals year-round across three stages, from any type of organization, in any country in which USAID operates.
Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000 up to 3 years)
Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 up to 3 years)
Stage 3: Scaling ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000 & up to 5 years)

In addition to tiered funding, DIV provides evidence grants (up to $1,500,000) to support research and evaluations that generate rigorous evidence of an innovation's impact per dollar and potential for expansion. These applications are evaluated separately from proposals for tiered funding.
Eligibility

  • DIV is an open door to USAID & anyone, anywhere can apply at any time
  • DIV looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.
  • DIV accepts applications from U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, individuals, nonprofit and for-profit entities, as long as the project is in a country where USAID provides funds to development efforts.
  • Participation of foreign government organizations under the DIV APS is possible only through an approved sub-award agreement with a prime recipient.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovation & Impact
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Evidence & Evaluation
  • Implementation
  • Sustainability and Pathway to Scale
  • Project Team

Application
DIV accepts applications 365 days a year. There is no deadline.

Read about the DIV Model and Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how to apply

Adefemi Adeshakin
Adefemi Adeshakin is a team member of the Research and Policy Unit of FATE foundation and he has a passion for safety. Adefemi is currently a TechIOSH member, who is committed to helping entrepreneurs by highlighting the safety perspective in business.
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