Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme, United Kingdom

Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016

Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

The Programme

This programme provides support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.

The programme is managed by ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and is a partnership between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust.

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Intermediate, Senior

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- and middle-income countries, Rest of the world

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

Usually an overall budget of about £2 million for each call

Duration of funding:

The maximum duration of a grant is 24 months

Who can apply

Organisations with a strong track record in humanitarian health research can apply to the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme (also known as ‘R2HC’).

The lead applicant should be one of the following:

  • research institution
  • non-profit institution or NGO (non-governmental organisation)
  • UN agency.

All applications must be jointly submitted by at least one research institute and one operational humanitarian organisation who propose to work in partnership.

You can find out more about eligibility for this programme on the ELRHA website(opens in a new tab).

What we're looking for

We're looking for proposals that fit with the aims of our programme, which are to:

  • improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises
  • encourage world-class research through fostering collaboration between operational humanitarian agencies and research organisations
  • bridge the gap between research and practice in relation to public health interventions in humanitarian crises.

To be competitive, your proposal should focus on one or more of the following areas within the context of a humanitarian crisis:

  • public health priorities that lack a solid existing evidence base
  • public health interventions that are not specific to the context of a humanitarian crisis − how they can be adapted and delivered in this context, and their effectiveness maximised
  • health systems, including the coordination of the public health response.

We encourage applications that involve organisations based in countries most affected by humanitarian crises.

You can choose between two types of proposal:

  1. core grants
  2. rapid response grants (in the acute phase of a crisis).

Other schemes

Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

Supporting research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.

What We Offer

There is an annual call for applications, with an overall budget of about £2 million for each call.

We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.

How To Apply


Applications are now open and you can find them which in the "Further official information" link below.

  • Application deadline for expressions of interest

    15 July 2016

  • Successful applicants invited to submit full proposals

    September 2016

  • Full proposal deadline

    December 2016

  • Announcement of successful applicants

    March 2017

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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