seed funding

A key requirement for applying to the R2HC for funding is the existence of a research partnership between humanitarian and academic organisations. In order to foster these partnerships, we offer Seed Funding to all applicants successful at the Expression of Interest stage.

Seed Funding is a unique feature of the programme, enabling shortlisted applicants to develop their research partnerships, while preparing their full proposals. We strongly encourage recipients to use these funds to bring together their research team members to work out respective roles and responsibilities. This provides research consortia with the best chance of success once funded.

All applicants are eligible to request tailored inputs from the Partnership Manager to support these partner meetings convened with the use of Seed Funding.

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how the funding can be used



For many, the £10,000 available provides the first opportunity for the research partners to meet in person. Some choose to meet at the proposed research location. Dr Sarah Paige, from the University of Wisconsin, shared a fascinating insight into her visit to Sierra Leone which was undertaken to formalise partnerships with in-country organisations.



Some applicants get together at one of the partner institutions where there might be access to research experts and other resources. Such meetings provide a forum to learn what each partner offers, as well as the opportunity to work out details of research methodologies, plans, budgets, and to discuss how to finalise the proposal.



Some recipients decide to collect preliminary data to strengthen their research question and proposal content. The International Medical Corps, in partnership with College Dublin and other partners produced a Policy Brief following a mini-study on Community Health Workers in Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, as a result of their seed funding.


In parallel to Seed Funding, Early Stage Partnership Workshops will be held for selected applicants, with priority given to consortia where the lead applicant or key partner comes from a Southern academic institution. These workshops will focus on partnership development and management. Applications to attend these workshops are also included as part of the Expression of Interest application.

“We didn’t know how much we needed this workshop until it actually happened. With partners being spread geographically, communication is at times, very challenging. We needed a platform to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and build our relationships, which is what the R2HC partnership development workshop offered. It was very useful and very timely. It provided us with an opportunity to clarify our roles, responsibilities, and expectations, and therefore cleared up any assumptions or misconceptions we had about each other” P.I., Call 4.

“The partnership development workshop was an great opportunity to strengthen the relationships between our team that was crucial to developing our proposal. Going through through a structured approach to understand and discuss the critical elements of partnership was invaluable to us and would not have happened without the support offered by Elrha to facilitate the workshop – highly recommend this to everyone preparing a proposal” P.I., Call 4.

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For further information, please contact the team.

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