4th Call for Proposals


Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises through funding collaborative research.

All R2HC funded research is concerned with health outcomes in the acute phase of a humanitarian crisis. Two types of funding are available in this call:

  • Core grant funding is available for research into existing on-going public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
  • Rapid response grant funding is a mechanism by which funding is ‘pre-approved’ and triggered later when the foreseen rapid-onset crisis occurs.

Call focus

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 themes will be particularly welcomed:

  • Addressing public health needs in urban humanitarian contexts e.g. public health issues related to the Syria crisis and its impact on neighbouring countries
  • Improving the efficiency and quality of service delivery, including health system strengthening and cost analysis/cost effectiveness studies.

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

Find out more

On 2 June we held two dedicated webinars for researchers and practitioners who are interested in applying for this funding, covering:

  • The focus of the Call and how to apply
  • Provided opportunities to ask questions directly to the programme team
  • Gave an overview of our Research Forum (Jordan 18-19 May) focusing on public health issues in urban humanitarian contexts, with reference to the impact of the Syria crisis on neighbouring countries.

View the presentation slides here


Call Timeline



Guidance & FAQs

Before working on your application, please read:

We also encourage you to take a look at the Humanitarian Health Evidence Review.

We’ve put together FAQs so please check here first for any questions you may have.


French Language applications

This year we’re encouraging 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. Further information can be found here.

Call guidelines and FAQs are available in French.


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Handshake_white-01Elrha offers partnership support through brokering, guidance and advice, and workshops.

For more information or if you need help identifying partner institutions or organisations for your research, please contact Sarah Palmer-Felgate, R2HC Partnerships Manager.

Existing R2HC Research


Over the past 2.5 years R2HC has awarded more than 25 grants and a total of 7.7 million pounds to organisations working across the humanitarian health spectrum, including reviewing psycho-social interventions in refugee settings, behaviour change messaging during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and improving menstrual hygiene in emergency contexts.

Read about them here!

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