USAID’s Development Innovation Venture (DIV): Seeking Applications for Seed Grants

USAID’s Development Innovation Venture (DIV) supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. It aims is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups.

Even if you are a small NGO based in a developing country or a huge organization leading several projects across different parts of the world, you are eligible to apply and win grants under DIV. DIV accepts proposals for projects which offer innovative solutions to problems related to development. As this opportunity seeks to address different kinds of development challenges, you can submit proposals for any sector, whether it is livelihood development, agriculture, climate change, environment, democracy, human rights, peace and conflict etc.

DIV Core Principles

There are three fundamental objectives that drive DIV’s search for innovative and impactful solutions to problems in the developing world:

  • Evidence: DIV is designed to help find, test, and transition to scale the most effective innovations, and encourages the use of rigorous testing methods (e.g. market test, measuring causal impacts) as appropriate given the stage of the proposal and the scale path. Evidence can encompass ultimate impacts (e.g., infant mortality), or improvements in implementation outcomes (e.g. take-up) for those solutions that have been causally linked to ultimate impacts in the past.
  • Cost Effectiveness: DIV seeks innovations that deliver more development impacts per dollar than other ways of achieving the same development goals (e.g. increased literacy per dollar compared to existing practices).
  • Pathways to Scale: The ultimate goal of DIV is to support solutions to scale sustainably to reach millions of people in the developing world within a decade. DIV recognizes that innovations can take a variety of scale paths but expects that ultimately they will grow without continued DIV support.

Funding Stages and Information

  • Stage 1: Proof of Concept/Initial Testing – Awards within an approximate range of $25,000 to $150,000 (up to 2 years)
  • Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale – Awards within an approximate range of $150,000 to $1,500,000 (up to 3 years)
  • Stage 3: Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale – Awards within an approximate range of $1,500,000 to $15,000,000 (up to 5 years)

How to Apply

The USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) has two stages of its application process.

  • Letter of Interest: All applicants wishing to apply for funding from DIV have to initially submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). The LOI has to be submitted in the prescribed format only. EOI must be of 2-4 pages.
  • Full Application: The submitted LOI will undergo review and approval process. If your LOI is selected, then your organization will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, visit https://www.usaid.gov/div/apply/how-to.

Next>>
<<Previous

Uraia Trust: Inviting CSOs for “Rooting Democracy in Kenya through an Informed Citizenry” Programme

U.S. Embassy in Chad: Call for Proposals for Julia Taft Refugee Fund 2018

Applications Open for “SELAT: Links through the Arts” Program!

Embassy of Finland in Ukraine: Inviting Applicants for Local Cooperation Fund 2018

Natural Resources Canada: Seeking Proposals for Smart Grid Program

UNICEF Innovation Fund: Call for VR/AR Technologies to Improve Children’s Lives

UNDP Call for Child Project: Integrated Community Based Livelihoods Strengthening and Sustainable Land Management

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Seeking Proposals for 2018 Human Rights Fund in Jordan

UNDP Call for Proposals: Community Based Ecological Mangroves Restoration Activities

UNDP/South Sudan Call for Proposals: Inviting CSOs/NGOs for Peace and Community Cohesion (PaCC) Project

Tinker Foundation: Seeking Applications for Institutional Grants

Department of Justice: Graduate Research Fellowship in Social and Behavioral Sciences

DHHS/NIH: International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research

The Mary Kay Foundation: Seeking Applications for Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

Applications Open for IWMF’s Kim Wall Memorial Fund!

Open Door Programme: Supporting Employers in Integrating Persons with Disabilities

Call for Applications: U.S. Embassy Lusaka PAS Annual Program Statement

U.S. Embassy in Zambia: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program for Journalism Training

RWJF Call for Applications 2018: Culture of Health Leaders Program

Disability Rights Fund (DRF) 2018 Round 1: Seeking Letters of Interest from Haiti and Indonesia

United States Department of State’s Bureau of CT: Masculinity and Violent Extremism in Kenya

Bureau of DRL: Programs Fostering Civil, Political, and Labor Rights in Cuba

Submit Applications for Harcourts Foundation Grant Program!

Apply for Department of Justice/OVW’s 2018 Research and Evaluation Initiative!