Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program to test and scale breakthrough solutions to any global development problem. DIV empowers anyone, anywhere to propose a solution at any time. To meet the urgent needs of displaced youth, we encourage you to submit your basic education innovations as soon as possible.
What is DIV?
DIV is another tool USAID has to catalyze and support innovative products, services or applications in development. It provides grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. Here is a link to our one-pager.
The scope of DIV. Any organization can apply to DIV. DIV is not a sector, issue, or geographically specific. It is designed to test and scale creative solutions to any global development challenge. It funds both innovations and research and evaluation of them.
Funding structure. Tiered funding. DIV’s tiered funding is divided into three levels (below) and seeks to fund innovations with rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a clear pathway to scale and sustainability.:
Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000 over 3 years)
Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 over 3 years)
Stage 3: Scaling ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000 over 5 years)
Evidence grants. DIV provides grants up to $1.5 million to support research and evaluations that generate rigorous evidence of an innovation’s impact, cost-effectiveness, and potential for expansion.
- Deadlines. There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.