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USAID Development Innovation Ventures – Apply Now

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.

Open innovation inspires new solutions to the critical challenges affecting millions of people around the world. It also means that game-changing ideas and solutions come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. That is why DIV is open year-round, reviews applications on a rolling basis, and funds innovations in any sector and in any country where USAID operates. Whether you are a local problem solver, a passionate American entrepreneur, a faith-based organization, a university lab, or anyone else, we want to hear from you.

USAID provide flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions.

Development Innovation Ventures


DIV accept proposals year-round from any type of organization, and in any sector and country in which USAID operate

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


Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) looks for solutions that demonstrate;

  • Innovation and Impact
  • rigorous evidence of impact,
  • Implementation
  • cost-effectiveness,
  • a viable pathway to scale and
  • sustainability.


DIV accepts applications on a rolling basis. Our window is always open! Before you invest time in your application, please read the following guidance to learn what we are looking for and increase your chance of success.

Step 1: Check out our Portfolio

Review our portfolio(link is external) to see what type of innovations DIV has funded in the past.

Step 2: Learn about DIV and whether it’s right for you

Read our Annual Program Statement (APS) and FAQ to learn about what DIV offers and our requirements and our Tips for Applicants to learn what we’re looking for and what we’re not. A competitive application will be responsive to all directions in the APS. You can also take a brief questionnaire(link is external) to confirm that you may be a good fit for DIV.

Step 3: Review the process and begin your application

Learn about the entire process, from application stage to the awarding of grants, and begin your application offline using our sample application.

Step 4: Submit your final application

Once you’ve completed the steps above, you’re ready to apply to DIV using our online portal(link is external). Applications submitted via any other method will not be reviewed.



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