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[liberationtech] Development Innovation Ventures | U.S. Global Development Lab | U.S. Agency for International Development

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Fri Sep 14 10:45:05 PDT 2018

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.

Innovative solutions come in many forms - 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.

We provide flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic
risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. We
look for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact,
cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.

Proposals are accepted 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


Read about the DIV Model:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Learn how to apply:
Learn about the evidence behind the DIV portfolio’s impact:
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