Development Innovation Ventures

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Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program that funds breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges. By funding innovation and focusing on rigorous evidence, DIV impacts millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost.

DIV looks for bold development ideas, pilots them and tests their effects, and scales those that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-efficiency.

DIV provides grant funding based on a tiered-evidence approach that maximizes impact per dollar spent. This allows for risk at early stages and mitigates risk at later stages, ensuring that funding is targeted to the most impactful and cost-effective innovations. 

DIV believes that the best ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. DIV supports innovators and researchers around the world  to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. DIV looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability. Learn more about DIV’s core principles.

DIV offers the following funding:

  • Stage 1 Grants: Pilot (Up to $200,000)
  • Stage 2 Grants: Test and Position for Scale (Up to $1,500,000)
  • Stage 3 Grants: Transition to Scale (Up to $15,000,000)
  • Evidence Generation Grants (Up to $1,500,000)

Applicants should apply to the level that best matches their current scale and evidence base. Read more about DIV’s stages and how to apply.

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Last updated: November 18, 2021

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