Updated Oct 26, 2020

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)  FUNDING INITIATIVE


About Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

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 promotes a broad variety of innovative solutions - whether a product, technology, service, or application of a creative business and delivery model. DIV is an open door to USAID - anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.

DIV provides flexible, tiered grant funding 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.

DIV accepts proposals year-round across three stages, from any type of organization, in any country in which USAID operates.

Stage 1: Proof of Concept / Initial Testing (Up to $200,000- up to 3 years)
Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000-$1,500,000 -up to 3 years)
Stage 3: Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale ($1,500,000 -5,000,000 - up to 5 years)
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.

To Date
Funded Innovations
Funded Deals
Lives Impacted
Where we work
Asia and Pacific
Europe and Eurasia
Latin America / Caribbean
North America
Middle East and North Africa
Focus Areas
All Sectors