Competitions and Incentives

Given the limited resources available to develop pro-poor technologies, there is a need to innovate efficiently. Development investors must identify real community needs and demands, uncover potential solutions, and rapidly prototype, evaluate, and redesign—all while creating the infrastructure required for scale-up to create lasting impact.

To better source, assess, and advance promising new technologies, DIL is collaborating with USAID to establish a sophisticated approach for catalyzing and enhancing the Lab’s technology pipeline through a suite of techniques, including: prize contests, competitions, and other creative incentives for innovation.


DIL Grant Opportunities

DIL Innovate Spring 2014

$75,000-200,000 grants for the design and rigorous evaluation of technological solutions to global development challenges.

DIL Explore Spring 2014

Up to $5,000 grants for international travel that supports early-stage partnership building and research in the field of development engineering.