USAID: Inviting Applications to support the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning those innovations with evidence of impact and cost-effectiveness to scale.

Donor Name: USAID
Fund name: Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

Funding Opportunity Number: APS-OAA-16-000006

Funding brief: Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning those innovations with evidence of impact and cost-effectiveness to scale. DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations across sectors that improve the lives of millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in extreme poverty and other vulnerable groups.

DIV Core Principles:There are three core principles that drive DIV’s search for innovative, impactful solutions to challenges in the developing world:
● Evidence —DIV is designed to help find, test, and transition to scale the most effective innovations, and encourages the use of rigorous testing methods (e.g., market tests, randomized controlled trials, A/B testing) as appropriate, given the stage of the proposal and the scale path. Evidence can encompass ultimate impacts (e.g., infant mortality) or improvements in implementation outcomes (e.g., take-up) for those solutions that have already been causally linked to ultimate impacts.
● Cost-Effectiveness —DIV seeks innovations that deliver more development impact per dollar than other ways of achieving the same development goals (e.g., increased literacy per dollar compared to existing practices aimed at improving literacy outcomes). Cost-effectiveness does not necessarily mean an innovation must be the lowest-cost innovation. Rather, cost-effectiveness is a function of both impact and cost. An innovation can be highly cost-effective either by achieving a considerably larger impact on specific development outcomes at comparable cost to existing alternative ways of boosting those outcomes, or by achieving comparable impact on specific development outcomes at considerably lower cost than alternatives.
● Pathways to Scale —The ultimate goal of DIV is to support solutions that scale sustainably to reach millions of people in the developing world within a decade. Solutions must have a potential pathway to scale, either a) commercially (i.e., a private sector pathway to scale); b) through incorporation into the practices of developing country governments and development funders (e.g., bilateral and multilateral donors and institutions; major philanthropies) (i.e., a public sector pathway to scale); or c) through a combination of commercial and public support (i.e., a hybrid pathway to scale). DIV recognizes that innovations can take a variety of scale paths but expects that ultimately they will grow without continued DIV support.

Deadline: Nov 02nd, 2017
Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289737

Budget limit:
● 
Stage 1 Proof-of-Concept/Field Testing: Awards within an approximate range of $25,000 to $150,000 (up to 3 years)
 Stage 2 Testing and Positioning for Scale: Awards within an approximate range of $150,000 to $1,500,000 (up to 3 years)
● Stage 3 Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale: Awards within an approximate range of $1,500,000 to $15,000,000 (up to 5 years)

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration:
● 
Stage 1 Proof-of-Concept/Field Testing: up to 3 years
● Stage 2 Testing and Positioning for Scale: up to 3 years
● Stage 3 Transitioning Proven Solutions to Scale: up to 5 years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this APS. All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the APS and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award.

All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Local organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply, as well as consortia of local organizations.Participation of foreign government organizations under this APS is possible only through an approved subaward agreement with a prime recipient.

USAID encourages applications from new partners. Resultant awards to new partners may require USAID to undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations to determine “responsibility” in regards to fiduciary and other oversight responsibilities of the award. In order for an award to be made, the Agreement Officer must make an affirmative determination that the applicant is “responsible”.

Organizations are encouraged to consider providing reasonable cost sharing, leverage, or other exchange of resource arrangements, and are encouraged to suggest creative approaches to resourcing projects.

Submission mail: EOIs must be submitted to divapplications@usaid.gov.

Other important link:
● 
Information on the target response time, and on any special deadlines: www.usaid.gov/div/timelines
● Div expression of interest form (EOI): https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/15396/DIV_EOI_APS7.docx
● General Information: www.usaid.gov/div
● Information regarding the award solicitation and award process and S tandard Provisions for U.S. organizations and Non-U.S. Non-governmental Organizations is available in ADS 300 (Chapter 303 is particularly helpful): http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/agency-policy/series-300
● Grant and Contract Process (most relevant for applicants include steps 7/8):http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/get-grant-or-contract/grant-and-contract-process
● For US organizations, 2 CFR 200, OMB circulars (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/omb) , and the Standard Provisions apply.
● For non-U.S. non-governmental organizations, the Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations(https://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/300/303mab) apply.
● Intellectual property and other issues:http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=d3769da5cf0d02900f539c8deb2cd59c&mc=true&node=se2.1.200_1448&rgn=div8.
● Environmental Compliance background information: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/environment/compliance
● Information on how the Agency will ensure environmental soundness and compliance indesign and implementation when required by the 22 CFR 216 determination ( ADS 204): http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/agency-policy/series-200
● Branding and Marking policy and frequently asked questions: http://www.usaid.gov/branding/assistance-awards/frequently-asked-questions-marking-requirements-assistance-awards
● USAID’s Gender Equality Policy: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1870/GenderEqualityPolicy.pdf

How to apply: Prepare your initial application to DIV – also known as the Expression of Interest (EOI) – using the MicroSoft Word form downloadable from official webste and under Resources (https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/15396/DIV_EOI_APS7.docx) on online engagement community. This is the first step in the DIV application process. It is intentionally a short application of no more than 8 pages. In it, you describe the goals, outcomes, outputs and activities of the proposed project, as well as your innovation’s cost-effectiveness, evidence of impact, and pathways to scale, in response to various questions.

EOIs must be submitted to divapplications@usaid.gov.

 

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