Annual Call for Proposals

R2HC annual Call for Proposals is now closed!

R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The R2HC programme is the product of a strategic partnership between the UK Government (DFID), the Wellcome Trust, and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Information for Existing Applicants:

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest was 17 July 2018. If you have submitted an application, our Funding Committee will review this and we will be in touch in early-mid September with the outcome. At this point we will provide further information and advice for those who have been invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Want to know more?

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Watch our webinar

Thinking of applying for R2HC funding?

On 5 June 2018 we held webinars giving an overview of the R2HC programme, to help potential applicants learn more about the call focus and how to apply:

Watch the  recording

Download the presentation

The below series of webinars are from last year’s funding call, which will give you an insight into the R2HC programme and our funding calls. This webinar focused on gender and social inclusion when developing a proposal and what our expectations are for research uptake. The slide deck for this webinar can be found here.

This webinar focused on Research Methodologies  – what are our Funding Committee looking for in proposals around research methodologies?

The authors of the Evidence Review of Gender-Based Violence Research Methodologies, commissioned by us in 2016, share their findings and recommendations. See the Q&A from the webinar.


Call Focus

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This is an ‘Open Call’, with proposals invited to address specific or multiple public health issues, gathering data or evidence with the potential to contribute to improved public health outcomes in humanitarian contexts. Under this Call, proposals on the following theme will be particularly welcomed:

  • Evaluation of interventions focused on health system strengthening in fragile states and protracted crises.

Further details regarding the focus for this Call can be found in our FAQs.


Due Diligence’ is our process of reviewing your organisation’s finances, and internal policies and processes so that we can measure the likely level of risk to us in funding your organisation. It is our legal duty to carry out this process on all our grantees before we are allowed to disburse any funds.

Find out more about our Due Diligence and Contracting process by reading these frequently asked questions.

A copy of the grant agreement template can be found here.

French Language Applications

The following documentation is available in French:

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

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.

Creating strong partnerships

The first in a series, our R2HC Partnership Videocast will help you think through what makes a good partnership, providing top tips for ensuring you bring the right people together.

Existing R2HC Funded Research

Since 2014, R2HC has funded over 40 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 we fund.

Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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