Global Engagement Opportunities

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is Accepting New Applications!USAID: Development Innocation Ventures (DIV)

Do you have a breakthrough idea to solve a global development problem? USAID wants to hear from you!

USAID's open innovation program--Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)--is accepting new applications to test and scale creative solutions to any global development challenge. Anyone, anywhere can apply at any time!

DIV provides tiered grant funding (from $50,000 to $5,000,000) to test new ideas and scale the best solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidnece of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale.

Learn how to apply!

James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award, an international engineering and design competition for students and recent graduates, is now open for entries.James  Dyson Award Wanted: Problem Solvers The James Dyson Award 2018 opens for entries March 27. If you have an invention that solves a problem, we want to hear about it.

We reward socially conscious, innovative students and recent graduates for developing meaningful solutions to real world problems. The brief is simple: design something that solves a problem.

The award goes through several stages including selecting national winners and runners-up, and culminating with James Dyson selecting an international winner who is awarded $40,000. The international winner's university department receives an additional $6,000.

From now until July 20, we're looking for this year's winners and we wanted to inform the students at Michigan State to make sure their ideas and inventions are entered. Students can visit to submit their entries and to learn more about the award and previous winners.

Calling All Digital and Tech Innovators - Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

"Fall Armyworm Tech Prize - The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa."Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.

Fall Armyworm is an invasive pest that is destroying crops across Africa. The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

Share with your friends and apply by May 14, 2018!

Image with young people and drawings from nature, butterflies, bees, plants and words Skyrocket your green idea! What are your innovative solutions?Skyrocket your green idea!

North American youth aged 18 to 30 are invited to enter the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) innovation challenge to compete for C$5,000 in seed funding and a chance to present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials at the 2018 CEC Council Session in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.

From all the ideas on the platform, nine semifinalists will be invited to develop their innovative ideas into full proposals.

Make sure to tell us about your green idea on the Youth Innovation Challenge Facebook page or Twitter using the #Youth4Innovation hashtag! Follow the CEC on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Global Innovation Exchange Funding Opportunities

The Global Innovation Exchange is a global online marketplace for innovations, funding, insights, resources and conversations, allowing the world to better work together to address humanity’s greatest challenges.

Global Innovation ExchangeWho We Are and Why We’re Here

The Exchange was co-created with over 100 international organizations from across government, business, academia and civil society who wanted to help tackle the following challenges together:

  • How do we ensure the best ideas are getting the right resources?
  • How do we ensure that anyone with a good idea can contribute to international development?
  • How do we make it easier to access the resources available?
  • How can we better connect the supply of solutions with the actual demand for them?
  • How can we reduce the duplication of innovations in development?
  • How do we rapidly expand the most successful innovations and bring them around the world?

The Exchange is also designed to support complementary initiatives around the world including the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, innovation challenges, and innovation initiatives with donors, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. We work collaboratively with other platforms and organizations to amplify and connect their work with the world.

To learn more, visit:

D-PrizeGraphic image for the D-PRIZE website "Distribution equals development"

D-Prize wants to award you up to $20,000 to solve the world's global health, energy, education, and corruption challenges. You make up the next generation of social impact leaders and we want to hear your ideas! Check out our competition, select one of the challenges, and then pitch your two-page idea to D-Prize. Up to 15 winners will be awarded seed capital and given support to launch a pilot. Join the competition at

Beat the rush for @thedprize competition and apply now: #getfunded

Jumpstart your social impact career with @thedprize! Apply for the chance to put your idea into practice.

Looking to get your #bopbiz idea funded? Apply for @thedprize, which awards grants to ventures distributing poverty-tech!


Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

Photo of Laura Bailey (2014) speaking to some residents of Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas Undergraduate is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award.

For deadlines, applications and other information about the grants, visit the MSU Honors College website: