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Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International private, public, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, faith-based organizations, NGOs, and individuals to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Funding is intended to support innovative and impactful projects that address international development challenges. DIV is deliberately open across sectors and countries in which USAID operates and aims to help transition the best innovations to scale, thereby improving the lives of millions of people around the world.

DIV funds innovations through partnerships that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen
democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond
assistance. DIV’s approach is centered around its three core principles: evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and scale. DIV assesses each applicant through the lens of these principles, commensurate to the stage or type of funding sought. Learn more about DIV’s core principles here:

DIV provides funding in three-tiered stages and also provides funding for researchers seeking to generate rigorous evidence. Organizations should apply to the level that best matches their current scale and evidence base of impact and cost-effectiveness. Organizations may apply again for the same level of funding or another level of funding.

  • Stage 1: Pilot: Stage 1 grants support innovation pilots in developing country contexts. Stage 1 innovations are early in their development and require testing to understand user demand, feasibility, impact, and financial viability. Innovations at this stage must be post-prototype or -ideation. While an approach to monitor impact is necessary at this stage, a rigorous impact evaluation methodology is not required.
  • Stage 2: Test and Position for Scale: Stage 2 grants support rigorous testing to determine impact or market viability. Public sector innovations at this stage should demonstrate rigorous evidence of causal impact and cost-effectiveness or use DIV funding to build such evidence. Stage 2 funding can support impact evaluations, further market testing, strengthening business or delivery models for scale, or operational expansion for innovations that have already conducted successful pilot testing. 
  • Stage 3: Transition to Scale: Stage 3 grants transition proven approaches to widespread scaling in new contexts or new geographies. Applicants should have demonstrated evidence of commercial viability or rigorous evidence of impact and cost-effectiveness at the Stage 2 level and must leverage additional external funding or partnership.
  • Evidence Grants: Evidence Generation grants support research and evaluations of widely-used development approaches that lack sufficient evidence of impact and cost-effectiveness. Evidence Generation awards support impact evaluations, including randomized controlled trials and, if appropriate, quasi-experimental methods.

For additional information on these stages, see:

Some examples of development innovations that DIV may support include the following:

  • New technologies;
  • New ways of delivering or financing goods or services;
  • More cost-effective adaptations to existing solutions;
  • New ways of increasing uptake of existing proven solutions and scaling to new geographies;
  • Policy changes or shifts based on insights from behavioral economics;
  • Social or behavioral innovations; and
  • Data collection and rigorous evaluation to measure the social impacts of promising innovations. 

DIV funds innovations through partnerships that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance. Consistent with USAID’s Private Sector Engagement (PSE) policy, DIV welcomes proposals from a broad variety of applicants, including applicants that engage with the private sector for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development and humanitarian outcomes. Consistent with USAID’s New Partnerships Initiative (NPI), DIV welcomes applications from organizations that have limited or no experience working with USAID. More broadly, by engaging with innovators, businesses, researchers, developing country governments, and other parties, DIV helps partner countries in their Journey to Self-Reliance, through which USAID and host countries work together toward a time when foreign assistance is no longer necessary by achieving locally sustained results, strengthening local capacities, and accelerating enterprise-driven development. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 181034

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Award Ceiling: $15,000,000

DIV offers the following funding:
- Stage 1: Pilot (Up to $200,000)
- Stage 2: Test and Position for Scale (Up to $1,500,000)
- Stage 3: Transition to Scale (Up to $15,000,000)
- Evidence Grants (Up to $1,500,000)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DIV welcomes applications from individuals; public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; faith-based organizations; public international organizations; non-governmental organizations; U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations; multilateral and international donor organizations.

Applicants that are organizational entities must be legally recognized under applicable law. Local organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply, as well as consortia of local organizations. Participation of foreign government entities is possible only through an approved subaward agreement with a prime recipient.

What DIV typically does not fund:
There are some types of projects that are not a good fit for DIV’s objectives. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Innovations at the idea stage that have not yet been created (i.e., that are in the ideation phase);
- Projects with limited potential to scale or minimal potential to demonstrate impact and cost-effectiveness (e.g., a jewelry business or construction of immobile physical infrastructure, including schools, power plants or lines, and factories);
- Basic scientific research (e.g., laboratory research of a prototype with no field testing);
- Expansion of businesses that are unlikely to lead to significant development impacts (e.g., businesses that lack a base-of-the-pyramid customer focus);
- Planning, diagnostic, and other tools that are difficult to link directly to measurable development impacts for people living in poverty and that reach millions of people only indirectly (e.g., a stand-alone monitoring or evaluation platform);
- Innovations that are applicable only in very limited contexts that will limit scale potential (e.g., projects that target a very rare disease);
- Pure research or research that will provide evidence of impact but will not assess cost-effectiveness or scalability; and
- Intermediaries with an indirect impact on development outcomes (e.g., incubators, accelerators, start-up boot camps, and other conveners).

Pre-Application Information:

DIV reviews applications year-round on a rolling basis and encourages applicants to submit applications at any time.

Closing Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021

There is no limit on the number of applications that an applicant may submit under this APS.

Applicants should verify their eligibility through the Self-Screening Questionnaire, below.

Cost-Sharing: DIV encourages applicants to consider providing reasonable cost-sharing, leverage, or other exchange of resource arrangements and are encouraged to suggest creative approaches to securing resources for activities. Voluntary, committed cost-share becomes a binding requirement of any successful award.

All applicants, except those applicants that are individuals or certain excepted federal awarding agencies, must (i) be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) ( before submitting an application, (ii) provide a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in its application (; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which the applicant has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

- About Development Innovation Ventures (DIV):
- How to Apply:
- Self-Screening Questionnaire:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Self-Screening Questionnaire:

For any questions regarding this APS, contact
The Agreement Officer for this APS is Roderick Watson, in USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA) Special Initiatives Development Partners.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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