OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Pathway Options

Turn Ideas Into Impact

Our Fighting Ebola Challenge has seen a remarkable number of exciting, inspiring ideas from around the world. Over the last four weeks, we've been wowed by how our community came together from across the globe to design ideas for real-world solutions. We hope that this is only the beginning.
Below is a list of possible avenues to pursue if you’d like to continue moving your idea forward.
  1. USAID Grand Challenge. Some ideators may have already been requested to submit a proposal to USAID’s Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge for Development to be considered for potential funding. USAID has specific focus areas and a set of criteria, so if you have not been invited to submit a proposal to USAID, we encourage you to head on down to #2 to check out more options.
  2. Development Innovations Ventures. Submit a great idea to Development Innovations Ventures, or DIV. Take a look at the application guidelines here.
  3. PEER Reserach Grant. Scientists and researchers may be eligible to apply for a research grant through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, supported by USAID and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
  4. Crowdfunding. A few examples of crowdfunding sites that focus on individuals and their ideas: Indiegogo, RocketHub, CrowdRise, GoFundMe and Kickstarter.
  5. Donate to a specific solution. Check out specific, actionable projects being implemented right now on the ground in West Africa at Tackle Ebola. Donations of all values will be matched by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. Seperately Facebook has also created a way to donate to variety of nonprofits via Facebook Fight Ebola, including the American Red Cross, Save the Children and International Medical Corps.
  6. Know of an implementing organization who might be able to help your idea come to life? Get in touch with them and watch what might spring forward from collaboration.
  7. Keep the conversation going! The Impact phase will remain open for your continued conversation and collaboration.