The amount of resources made available under this APS will depend on the applications received and the availability of funds. DIV awards are typically grants with a maximum of three (3) years in length. They accept proposals for funding at the following stages: STAGE 1: Pilot (up to $200,000) STAGE 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale (up to $1,500,000) STAGE 3: Transitioning to Scale (up to $15,000,000) Evidence Generation (up to $1,500,000)
- DIV will make awards under this APS to successful applicants on the basis of their ability to further USAID’s goal of dramatically improving or saving the lives of the poor in developing countries, as well as their ability to adhere to DIV’s core principles and provide excellent value to the U.S. government to substantially contribute to these objectives. DIV welcomes applications from individuals; public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; faith-based organizations; public international organizations; non-governmental organizations; U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations; multilateral and international donor organizations. To be eligible under this APS, applicants must be responsive to this APS and must be sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award.
- Awards are also contingent on DIV’s ability to obtain concurrence from the responsible USAID Mission. Applicants that are organizational entities must be legally recognized under applicable law. Local organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply, as well as consortia of local organizations. Participation of foreign government entities is possible only through an approved sub award agreement with a prime recipient.
- USAID encourages applications from new partners. Awards to new partners may require USAID to undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations to determine “responsibility” with respect to fiduciary and other oversight responsibilities of the award.
How to apply?
Step 1: Prepare your application
Draft your application in MS Word using our sample application form. This document contains sample applications for all Stages and for Evidence grants.
Step 2: Submit through our online application portal
You will need to create an account on the DIV application portal so that you may work on the application over time and check the status of your application. Applications submitted via any method other than the online application portal will not be reviewed. It is simple to paste your answers in the portal from the draft you created in Step 1.
All applications received through the DIV application portal are reviewed by the DIV team. After initial review, applications are either moved into the due diligence stage (Step 3) or declined. Applicants usually receive feedback within 2 to 3 months after submitting an application.
Step 3: After the initial review – Due Diligence
Applicants who pass the initial review move onto the due diligence stage. During this stage, applicants have the opportunity to provide more information on their proposal so the DIV team can better understand the proposed solution. The DIV team will conduct additional interviews, request supplementary materials, contact references or partners, engage other USAID or external experts, and gather any other information necessary to fully evaluate the application.
The due diligence process usually takes 2 to 5 months, depending on a variety of factors, such as the proposal’s technical complexity.