Development Innovation Ventures Sample Application (September 2018)

Open innovation inspires new solutions to the critical challenges affecting millions around the world. In the spirit of open innovation, DIV supports groundbreaking ideas to transform lives by providing flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions.

DIV funds innovations that demonstrate the three guiding principles of: rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability. We accept proposals year-round from any type of organization, sector, and country in which USAID works at the following stages:

  • STAGE 1: Proof of Concept (up to $200,000)
  • STAGE 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000)
  • STAGE 3: Scaling ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000)
  • Evidence Generation (up to $1,500,000)

For detailed information about DIV, the selection criteria, and examples of previously funded innovations, please visit

Before you begin working on your application, please read through the following:

  1. This is a sample application form.
  2. Once you are ready to submit your application, please visit the online application portal to submit your application. Applications submitted via post or email will not be reviewed.
  3. Please submit one application per project and project team.
  4. Information about the online application:
    • You will need to create an account on the online application portal so that you may work on the application over time and check the status of your application.
    • There are three sections to the online application. Your application will save automatically and continuously as you work on the application; therefore, there is no need to “save” your application.
    • Once you submit an application, you will not be able to edit your application.

Last updated: September 12, 2018