USAID's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund, housed in the U.S. Global Development Lab, is the Agency's venture capital-inspired, tiered, evidence-based funding model that invests comparatively small amounts in relatively unproven concepts, and continues to support only those that prove they work.
DIV applies 3 core criteria to its application review process - evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and potential to scale - and welcomes applications at any of its 3 funding stages:
Since its founding in 2010, DIV has provided over $70 million in catalytic grant funding for more than 150 innovative interventions across 9 sectors and over 40 countries. DIV's support has ranged from randomized controlled trials to understand the impact and cost-effectiveness of different approaches to recruiting community health workers and use of incentives to boost immunization rates to refining education technology platforms and catalyzing significant private follow-on funding in off-grid solar start-up companies.
Additional information about the application process can be found here. Applications are expected year-round.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Thanks for this Jayne,
I have a few days back at VSO Papua New Guinea headquarters in Madang before returning to my placement in Vanimo and will take this to Fiona, our Education Programme Manager. It is nice to see that they are funding scaling up. Too often it is easy to get funding for pilot projects but hard to fund ideas after you have proved that they work!
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is Accepting New Applications! Anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.
Development Innovation Ventures (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.
DIV provides tiered grant funding (from $50,000 to $5,000,000) to test new ideas and scale the best solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale.
DIV accepts proposals year-round across three stages, from any type of organization, in any country in which USAID operates.
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. These applications are evaluated separately from proposals for tiered funding.
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