Sample Application

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

DIV funds innovations that demonstrate the three guiding principles of: a) rigorous evidence of impact, b) cost-effectiveness, and c) 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 your application, please read through the following:

  1. This is a sample application form. It can help you prepare to submit an application on our online system.
  2. Take the DIV Self-screening Questionnaire to determine if your innovation is good fit for DIV.
  3. Visit for tips and instructions on how to submit your 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.
    • Your application will save automatically and continuously as you work on the application.
    • The application is plain text only.
    • Once you submit your application, you will not be able to edit the application.
    • Applications submitted via any method other than the online application portal will not be reviewed.
  4. Please submit one application per project and project team.
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