The world’s premier international development agency “USAID” has announced several opportunities for NGOs working in the development sector to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.
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USAID: Inviting Applications for Development Innovation Ventures Program
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is inviting applications for the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program.
Through a year-round grant competition, Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) sources proposals for innovations that address international development challenges and improve the lives of people living in poverty in developing countries around the world.
DIV provides tiered funding to pilot, test, and transition to scale (i.e., grow to reach the highest number of beneficiaries possible) those innovations that demonstrate evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and the potential to scale.
- Stage 1 Pilot ($200,000)- DIV funds Stage 1 awards to support the piloting of innovations in a developing country. Innovations at this stage are early in their development and require pilot testing to refine the basic model and establish real-world viability at a small scale. DIV supports only those innovations that are post-prototype and ready to be field-tested at the time of application (i.e., innovations that are still undergoing development in a lab or that are still at the idea stage are premature for DIV’s support).
- Stage 2 Testing & Positioning for Scale ($1,500,000)- DIV funds Stage 2 awards to support the further testing and expansion of innovations beyond the piloting stage. Applicants for Stage 2 awards will have already conducted successful pilot testing and are now ready to rigorously test an innovation’s impact or market viability.
- Stage 3 Transitioning to Scale ($15,000,000)- DIV funds Stage 3 awards to transition proven approaches from piloting and testing to widespread scaling in new contexts or new geographies. Applicants should have completed the activities for Stage 2 innovations, with or without prior DIV support.
Duration: DIV awards are typically a maximum of three (3) years in length.
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DIV recognizes that innovation can take multiple forms. Some examples of development innovations that DIV may support include the following:
- New technologies;
- New ways of delivering or financing goods or services;
- New business models;
- Cost-effective adaptations to existing solutions;
- New ways of increasing uptake of proven solutions, replication, and scaling to new places;
- Policy innovations;
- Social or behavioral innovations based on insights from behavioral science; and
- Data collection and rigorous evaluation to measure the social impacts of promising innovations
- DIV will make awards under this APS to successful applicants on the basis of their ability to further USAID’s goal of dramatically improving or saving the lives of the poor in developing countries, as well as their ability to adhere to DIV’s core principles and provide excellent value to the U.S. government to substantially contribute to objectives.
- 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.
- To be eligible under this APS, applicants must be responsive to this APS and must be sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award. Awards are also contingent on DIV’s ability to obtain concurrence from the responsible USAID Mission.
- 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.
- USAID encourages applications from new partners.
- Limit on Applications: There is no limit on the number of applications that an applicant may submit under this APS.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336301