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Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) / U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Escrito por NOGP/aip  em 11 de outubro de 2018

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.

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.

Breakthrough solutions come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. With no deadline or preference for specific sectors or geographies, DIV is an open door to USAID. We empower creative problem-solvers to test new ideas, build rigorous evidence of what works, and expand proven solutions. We take strategic risks to build the best solutions that transform the lives of millions.

DIV advances what works, while avoiding long term investments in what does not. To innovate is to both fail and succeed – we fail quickly and at a lower cost, in order to test creative ideas with potential for groundbreaking impact.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Prazo de inscrição

domingo, 30 de junho de 2019 às 23:59 (104 dias restantes)

Critérios de elegibilidade

DIV uses a tiered funding model with three stages to maximize impact per dollar spent.

  • Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000 over 3 years)

Stage 1 grants test a solution’s feasibility in a developing country context. Stage 1 innovations are early in their implementation and need testing to understand user interest, willingness to pay, impact, and financial viability.

  • Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 over 3 years

Stage 2 grants test and strengthen a solution’s business or delivery model. Stage 2 innovations should demonstrate rigorous evidence of causal positive impact, or use the funding to build such evidence — from a randomized controlled trial, for example.

  • Stage 3: Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000 over 5 years)

Stage 3 grants support partnerships to demonstrate potential for replication or to scale the innovation to a new context. The funds must leverage additional external funding or partnerships.

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. Evidence grants support impact evaluations (including randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental methods), as well as other methods of assessing impact.

Evaluation Factors:

1. Innovation & Impact

2. Cost-effectiveness

3. Evidence & Evaluation

4. Implementation

5. Sustainability and Pathway to Scale

6. Project Team

DIV is an open door to USAID – anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.




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