Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the Annual Program Statement (APS)


Why is USAID and IDB launching the BetterTogether Challenge?


Venezuela’s political and economic crisis—one of the world’s deepest economic declines outside of war or disaster in the last half century—has led to severe shortages of food, electricity, medicine, water, and other basic humanitarian needs. The crisis has driven more than 4.8 million people to flee the country since 2014, the largest external displacement of persons in the Western Hemisphere’s history. This outflow of vulnerable Venezuelans has had a growing social and economic impact on countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank, the BetterTogether Challenge (“the Challenge”) will crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions to support Venezuelans inside the country, Venezuelans across Latin America and the Caribbean, and the communities hosting them.

Why are we using a Challenge platform?


A Challenge model complements ongoing USAID programming with a flexible, adaptable, and people-centered approach.

  • Integration. The Challenge will contribute to a more effective response across Venezuela. The goal is for solutions tested outside Venezuela to be available for implementation inside Venezuela through the Challenge or other activities.
  • Flexibility. The Challenge will work across geographic, sectoral, and organizational boundaries. As a global platform, the Challenge will engage and support Venezuelans and host communities across Latin America and the Caribbean. The Challenge also will create networks to encourage creative solutions, support solvers, and expand their reach.
  • Partnership. The Challenge is a multi-stakeholder partnership that will leverage the knowledge and resources of various actors from community-based organizations to the private sector. The Challenge will build a coordinated response with a united mission: supporting Venezuelans and the communities hosting them to create a brighter future.
  • Inclusion. The Challenge works with Venezuelans and the communities hosting them to affirm their needs, build dialogue, create a pathway to addressing these needs, and establish trust and credibility with vulnerable communities.

Where do I find the official rules?

The BetterTogether Challenge is seeking solutions through an Annual Program Statement, which is where you can find the official rules for the Challenge.

I have trouble downloading the DUNS. Who do I contact for problems downloading the DUNS number?

Please be advised that a DUNS number and registration in SAM are not required for submission of a Concept Paper. You may be asked to provide or obtain them prior to award. For information on how to obtain a DUNS number, please see Annex III of the Annual Program Statement (APS). Specifically, a DUNS number can be obtained for free by registering at this link. For technical problems downloading the DUNS number, please contact Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) using the contact information on the bottom of the website.

Where will the Challenge operate?

The Challenge will initially focus on Venezuelan refugees and the communities hosting them. Proposed solutions must be implemented in one or more of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. The geographic focus of the Challenge may change in response to evolving needs and the situation in Venezuela. All changes will be posted on this website. You can also sign up for email updates.

I’m outside of the region but have an idea that could be applied to this situation. May I apply?


Yes. Applicants may be located anywhere in the world, but the proposed solutions must be implemented in one or more of the target countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Can the proposed solution address more than one focal area: People, Productivity, Services, and Finance?


Yes, your solution may address one or more of focal areas.

What kind of solutions are you looking for?


The Challenge is looking for innovative solutions (see page 12 of the APS for the definition) that alleviate the effects of this regional crisis across one or more of focal areas. While solutions may originate from anywhere in the world, the solution must be implemented in a target geography. Successful solutions will be designed and implemented based on a deep understanding of the problem and local context; promote inclusion and diversity; demonstrate potential or the ability to be scaled and sustained; and demonstrate measurable impact. For more information on the type of solutions the Challenge aims to fund, please review the Core Principles located here.

Who can apply for funding?


The Challenge is open to registered non-governmental organizations, national, regional, and local organizations, indigenous organizations and community-based entities, foundations, private enterprises, business associations, faith-based organizations, women-owned enterprises, universities, and think tanks. Applying organizations can be located anywhere in the world, but their solution must be implemented in one or more of the target geographies.

How can I apply?


Entries should be submitted through the online platform. Entries submitted via other means will not be considered. Please click here to submit your concept paper.

How many funding tiers can I apply for?


Each concept paper can apply for one (1) funding tier. The funding tiers are as follows:

Tier 1, Ideas:

Up to $25,000 to develop and test an early-stage idea.

Tier 2, Prototype:

Up to $250,000 to pilot and assess an existing prototype in the regional crisis context.

Tier 3, Validation:

Up to $500,000 to test broader market readiness for successfully piloted solutions.

Tier 4, Scaling:

Up to $1,500,000 for solutions with demonstrated commercial viability or public sector partnerships in the regional crisis context. Required to leverage additional external funding.


How do I choose the funding tier to apply for?

Applicants should submit concept papers to the funding tier that most appropriately fits the solutions stage of maturity. Please carefully review the description of the funding tiers in the APS.

What type of non-financial support will the Challenge provide to awardees?


Awardees are eligible for non-financial support to help refine and scale their solutions. The Challenge will work with selected awardees to analyze barriers to their solutions growth and impact; and provide support that provides a clear, actionable path for the awardee to reach technical, financial, and impact milestones.

What languages can I submit my concept paper in?


Concept papers must be submitted in either Spanish or English.

When is the deadline to submit a concept paper?


The Challenge’s general call for solutions is open for 12 months from the date it is posted on the JuntosEsMejor website. Targeted Application Windows will establish their own deadlines.The purpose of the Targeted Application Windows is to ensure the Challenge is addressing critical areas that could benefit from more structured attention.

How many concept papers may I submit?


Eligible organizations can submit up to two concept papers to the Annual Program Statement at any time during the 12-month period. In addition, eligible organizations can submit up to two concept papers to each Targeted Application Window, unless specified otherwise.

Are applicants required to have partners?


Partnerships are not required, however, applicants are encouraged to partner with organizations based in the location(s) the solution will be implemented in order to help build self-reliance. The Challenge also encourages applicants to partner with eligible organizations that have complementary skill sets and/or capabilities.

Who will be evaluating concept papers for awards?


Eligible concept papers will be evaluated by a group of judges. These may include external experts, Challenge partners staff, or other affiliated partners. Evaluators for concept papers are selected based on expertise related to a focus area, country or regional context, and/or technical approach of the concept.

How will I be notified about the status of my concept paper?


Applicants will receive written communications updating them on the status of their concept paper and application on a periodic basis. The emails will be sent from the application intake platform.

What can I do with the award funding if I win?


Any award funding must be used for the activities delineated in the award agreement, according to the terms and conditions of such award.

Will my organization be able to get profit or fee as a result of the award?


No profit or fee will be authorized from funds received under this activity.

Will there only be one call for solutions for the Challenge?


No. The Challenge has an open, general call for solutions focused on people, productivity, services and finances posted here: Annual Program Statement.

The Challenge anticipates issuing more specific calls for solutions through Targeted Application Windows. The additional calls for solutions will be posted on this site.

What is a Targeted Application Window?


To more effectively respond to the regional crisis, the Challenge may open Targeted Application Windows that seek solutions to problem areas identified by key stakeholders. Each Targeted Application Window will focus on a discrete challenge statement and will have unique concept paper and application requirements and evaluation criteria. All Targeted Application Windows will be issued as an addendum to the APS, which will be made available on this website.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) of submitted ideas?


The Challenge aims to facilitate research and development that will lead to innovative and potentially commercially viable solutions. Understanding the sensitive nature of submitters’ information, Challenge partners will work with organizations to protect intellectual property; generally the submitter will retain ownership to all IP.

Who owns the title to physical property?


All title to property acquired with Challenge funds will be managed by, and remain the property of the awardee.

My organization works in a sensitive region. Will winners be required to follow Challenge branding requirements?


Decisions around branding and marking will be made on a case-by-case basis for each winner. If branding may put your organization at risk, the Challenge may waive the requirements. The Challenge intends to celebrate winners in public events and media as appropriate. All public communications will be reviewed with winners in advance of publication. Targeted Application Windows may have different requirements.



Other Questions About the Challenge


What is the BetterTogether Challenge/"JuntosEsMejor"?

The BetterTogether Challenge is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis.

USAID will award grants, while IDB may award grants, loans, and equity investments. Beyond financial support, awardees will be eligible for other benefits, including technical assistance, access to networks, and public recognition.

Award levels include: 

Tier 1, Ideas:

Up to $25,000 to develop and test an early-stage idea.

Tier 2, Prototype:

Up to $250,000 to pilot and assess an existing prototype in the regional crisis context.

Tier 3, Validation:

Up to $500,000 to test broader market readiness for successfully piloted solutions.

Tier 4, Scaling:

Up to $1,500,000 for solutions with demonstrated commercial viability or public sector partnerships in the regional crisis context. Required to leverage additional external funding.

Where do I find the official rules?

The BetterTogether Challenge is seeking solutions through an Annual Program Statement, which is where you can find the official rules for the Challenge.

Why are we using a Challenge platform?

USAID and IDB believe in open innovation as a powerful tool to address complex problems. USAID continues to adapt innovative approaches to address critical development and humanitarian needs, while IDB continues to expand the uses of open challenges to drive innovation for inclusion. Each Challenge is unique and addresses the central problem statement using a mix of awareness-raising tactics, funding calls, and technical assistance. A Challenge model complements ongoing USAID programming and IDB’s broader Migration Initiative with a flexible and adaptable approach. 

 

How long will the Challenge last?

The Challenge is anticipated to be active for 24 months, based on the availability of funds.
 
Where will the Challenge operate?


The Challenge will initially focus on Venezuelan migrants and the communities hosting them. Proposed solutions must be implemented in one or more of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, or Venezuela. This list may change based on the evolving situation.
 
Who can apply?


The Challenge is open to registered non-governmental organizations, national, regional, and local organizations, indigenous organizations and community based entities, foundations, private enterprises, business associations, faith based organizations, women owned enterprises, universities, and think tanks. Applying organizations can be located anywhere in the world, but their solution must be implemented in one or more of the target geographies.

How can I get involved?

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced periodically, based on the schedule of the calls for proposals.

How many projects will be funded?


There is no predetermined number of winners. The number of awards will be based on the financial resources required to implement the best solutions, the number of winners, and the total funding available. The Challenge partners reserve the right to fund solutions in the tier and for the amounts determined most appropriate. For questions related to the Tiers please see the answer to the first question.


How long do awards last?

The period of performance will be based on the scope of work for each award.

Where can I find the latest news and updates about the Challenge?



The BetterTogether Challenge is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale forward-thinking solutions from anywhere in the world to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis. BetterTogether is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.  The information also cannot be attributed to the Inter-American Development Bank, its representatives, or member countries.