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USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Call for Proposals 2016

Deadline: November 1, 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the call for applications for the next round of Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Program.

DIV supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups.

DIV employs a staged funding model, with size of investment commensurate with evidence of potential for success. DIV recognizes that organizations supported will need flexibility to iterate and adapt innovations and DIV strives to provide this flexibility.

All interested organizations must submit a 2-4 page Expression of Interest (EOI).

For more information, visit the link here.

Applications invited for USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures

Deadline: No deadline

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for innovative ideas to pilot and test using cutting-edge analytical methods, and to scale solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness.


  • Proof of Concept/Initial Testing – This includes testing for technical, organization, distribution, and financial viability. Key activities could include assessing user demand, willingness to pay, and correct usage of products and services, as well as documenting social outcomes and real world costs to implement the solution. Grant ranges from $25,000 to $150,000 to implement the activities for up to two years.
  • Testing and Positioning for Scale – The DIV grants support testing for social impact, improved outcomes and/or market viability, as well as operational refinement to build paths to sustainability and scale. Grant ranges from $150,000 to $1,500,000 to implement activities for up to three years.
  • Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale – The DIV grants supports transitioning proven approaches to scale. This includes adaptation to new contexts and geographies. Operational challenges for scaling should be identified and addressed, allowing refinement and iteration along defined pathways to scale. The funding and support provide a runway for applicants to grow, while engaging additional partners who will help scale the project beyond DIV support, but for whom more evidence of success and track record are needed. Categories – A & B. Grants available for Category A range from $1.5M to $6M, and Category B awards range from $6M – $15M to implement activities for up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, individuals, non-profit, and for-profit entities, provided their work is in a country where USAID operates.
  • Applicants must have the potential to deliver great development impacts.
  • Applications can be made at any stage.
  • An applicant can submit unlimited number of unique LOIs.
  • If the letter of intent is selected, applicants will be sent the full application form with submission instructions. The selected full applications will be awarded funding to implement the activities.

Interested applicants can apply for the grant here.

Nominations open for eNGO South Asia Challenge 2014

Deadline: September 15, 2014

The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem of NGOs using Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media tools for good governance and practices benefiting societies and communities at large. The Challenge is a joint initiative of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

Objectives of the Challenge include:                            

  • To promote and encourage best ICT practices by NGOs for community development
  • To create an ecosystem of NGOs who uses ICTs and digital media for good governance practice for community development
  • To create and build a network of NGOs for good ICT experience sharing, learning and replication
  • To advocate the wider need for good ICT practice among NGOs as the third sector working partner hand in hand with the public and the private sectors
  • To enable grassroots NGOs promote local information, content, activities for global audience and collaboration


The Challenge is open in five categories for best use of ICT, mobile, digital media & new or social media by an NGO for:

  1. Communication and Outreach
  2. Social Commerce
  3. Advocacy
  4. Organizational Efficiency
  5. Sustainable Development
  6. Best Practice of Mobile Usage
  7. Best Practice of Social Media Usage
  8. Best Practice of Radio and Video Usage

For further details on the eligibility and selection criteria, visit the website here.