What is a Rapid Response Grant?

R2HC rapid response grants can be applied for alongside our core grants.. Rapid response grants are unique in that funding can be allocated to undertake research in the context of a rapid-onset crisis which hasn’t yet occurred.  Rapid response grants aren’t subject to the time frame as the core grants.

With rapid response grants we ‘pre-approve’ funding that is triggered later, when the foreseen humanitarian crisis occurs which meets the relevant identified criteria. Initial funds can be released to support preparatory research activities, such as protocol development and training, to enable research teams to be deployed as soon as the emergency occurs.

All R2HC-supported research is concerned with health outcomes in the acute phase of an existing humanitarian crisis. The same proposal application process is used for both the core and rapid response grants.

To date, three rapid response grants have been approved by the R2HC.

Two of these are waiting for specific humanitarian events to take place so the full grant can be triggered. The research project by the Institute of Behavioural Science, at Colorado University has been triggered:



Institute of Behavioural Science, Natural Hazards Center, Colorado University: Enhancing Community Resilience in the Acute Aftermath of Disaster: Evaluation of a Disaster Mental Health Intervention

This research in Haiti and Nepal aims to evaluate a community-based disaster mental health intervention using a longitudinal randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. The culturally-adapted intervention was designed to mitigate the impact of an acute natural disaster amongst vulnerable, poor, and marginalised communities in flood-prone areas.


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Epicentre/Brown University: Regional Anaesthesia for Painful Injuries after Disasters (RAPID) Study

This study aims to transform the way serious injuries are managed after earthquakes and other disasters by introducing a novel, cost-effective and locally appropriate method for pain control. It will demonstrate that local medical providers can be trained to perform regional anesthesia safely and effectively. In the aftermath of a major earthquake, patients will be enrolled to determine whether regional anesthesia can reduce suffering from lower limb injuries - the most common earthquake-related injury - above and beyond the current standard of care for pain control in these settings.

Funds will be triggered when an earthquake occurs that meets all the identified criteria for the study to take place.


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CDC Foundation: Investigation of HEV transmission dynamics and epidemic evolution to improve outbreak control efforts among emergency affected populations

Aiming to produce specific recommendations for interventions to reduce HEV transmission among displaced populations, this study will include active community-based and passive clinic-based surveillance to document and map the evolution of a (yet-to-take-place) HEV outbreak.

Funds will be triggered when an HEV outbreak takes place in a location that meets all the identified criteria for the study to take place.


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