Annual Call for Proposals


R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises.

Call Focus

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This will be an ‘Open Call’, with proposals sought that address specific or multiple public health issues by gathering evidence with the potential to contribute to improved public health outcomes in humanitarian contexts.

Under this Call, we encourage research that informs the prioritisation of public health humanitarian interventions and maximising value for money.

All proposals will be expected to demonstrate the potential scale and impact of the proposed research and, to do this, you might like to consider adopting the following approaches:

  • Comparative (multi-country) research
  • Research that is replicable in multiple contexts
  • Multi-sector integrated responses
  • Research that advances new methodological approaches in challenging context
  • Research outcomes that are clearly linked to improving humanitarian responses.

Want to know more?

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View our webinars!

We held a webinar on the 31 October 2017 for shortlisted candidates to the latest call for proposals. This webinar focused on the need to include gender an social inclusion when developing a proposal and looked at what our expectations are in terms of research uptake.

On 13 July 2017, 2pm BST we held a webinar on Research Methodologies and Partnerships. This webinar provided an opportunity to learn more about our Funding Committee review parameters around research methodologies and partnership requirements. If you couldn’t join us, view the recording below:

The authors of the Evidence Review of Gender-Based Violence Research Methodologies, commissioned by us in 2016, shared their findings and recommendations with a view to providing guidance and recommendations to potential applicants to the R2HC 5th Call for proposals. See the Q&A from the webinar too.

On 5 July 2017 we held a webinar to provide an overview of the R2HC programme, information on the call focus and how to apply. If you couldn’t join us, view the recording below:



5th Call timeline

How to apply

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Before applying please read the following documentation:

  1. Call Guidelines
  2. FAQs
  3. Humanitarian Health Evidence Review
  4. Updated Ethics Tool and introduction to the tool.
  5. Application Instructions
  6. Research Uptake and Guidance Note
  7. Evidence Review of Gender-Based Violence Research Methodologies (if conducting a relevant project)

Please also identify an area of research that corresponds to an evidence gap; decide what research question and methodology would best suit the field of enquiry; think about the possible research location; identify a potential research team (including both an academic institution and humanitarian organisation, as well as in-country partners)

Please note this call is now closed!

French Language Applications


We encourage Francophone applicants by making funds available for the translation of any full proposal developed in French, to be translated into English (the operational language of Elrha).

Please note that Initial Expressions of Interest must be submitted in English. The following documentation is available in French:

  1. Call Guidelines
  2. FAQs
  3. French Translation Note

Existing R2HC Funded Research

Since 2014, R2HC has funded over 30 grants, awarding almost £14 million to organisations working in humanitarian health. The research funded covers a diverse range of topics from non-communicable disease and WASH, to maternal and child health. Read more about the work R2HC funds.

Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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