Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) aims to find and support breakthrough solutions to the world’s most important development challenges – interventions with the power to change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost. DIV looks for compelling new development solutions, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries. Innovative solutions can include new technologies and new service delivery practices or novel or more cost-effective variations on existing practices.
USAID/DIV welcomes applications from many types of organizations including:
The DIV application process consists of two steps. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). After a competitive review process described below, DIV will request that successful applicants submit a Full Application.
LOI’s are accepted four times each year.Deadlines are: June 1st, September 1st, December 1st and March 1st. The LOI form can be found at http://idea.usaid.gov/div/how-apply.
If DIV finds the project proposed in the LOI to be responsive to the selection criteria, then the applicant will be invited to submit a Full Application. Applicants are given six weeks to write and submit the full application.
THREE STAGES OF FUNDING
DIV seeks to test promising solutions while also managing its risk. Therefore, DIV has structured the funding levels of the three stages in order to mitigate its risk of investment.
Applicants can propose a solution in any of three stages without being prior recipients of DIV funding (provided they have sufficient evidence required for the given stage of funding). Applicants must compete to move from stage to the next.
Stage 1: Proof of Concept
Intended to test the real-world viability of an innovative development solution
The application must:
Stage 2: Scaling and Impact Evaluation
Provided to innovative solutions that have demonstrated success at a pilot or small-scale stage, and now require support to assess if the solution can achieve larger scale development impact and can be successfully implemented at a larger scale.
Stage 2 projects must include:
Stage 3: Transitioning Projects to Large Scale
For innovative solutions that have credible and rigorous evidence of development impacts at significant scale. Stage 3 projects will transition an innovation from large scale implementation to widespread adoption in one country and/or replication in at least one other country.
DIV SPECIAL WINDOWS
As part of this APS, DIV has additional special focus areas, or APS “windows.” These may relate to USAID initiative areas, specific countries or specific topics and sectors. All application forms and rules are unchanged but additional resources are available for applications targeting these windows.
Illustrative examples of innovative solutions that DIV may support include:
Visit the website http://www.usaid.gov/div to review the current and past portfolio for additional examples of innovations that DIV supports.
DIV is also interested in applications from partners who can scale already proven innovative interventions. See illustrative examples of innovations the program statement, available at: http://idea.usaid.gov/div/div-annual-program-statement-30 .
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