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Passed House amended (09/21/2016)

Global Development Lab Act of 2016

(Sec. 3) This bill establishes in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the United States Global Development Lab, the duties of which shall include:

  • increasing the application of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to develop new solutions to end extreme poverty;
  • discovering and testing innovations to increase cost effectiveness and support U.S. foreign policy and development goals;
  • leveraging the expertise and resources of businesses, nongovernmental organizations, science and research organizations, and universities to increase program impact; and
  • supporting USAID missions and bureaus in applying science, technology, innovation, and partnership approaches to decision making, procurement, and program design.

USAID may (1) provide innovation incentive awards; and (2) use certain funds for each of FY2017-FY2021 to employ up to 30 individuals on a limited term basis.

(Sec. 4) "Innovation incentive award" means the provision of funding on a competitive basis that: (1) encourages the development of solutions for a particular, well-defined problem relating to the alleviation of poverty; or (2) helps identify and promote a broad range of ideas and practices facilitating third party development of an idea or practice.