Collaboration is at the heart of everything that Elrha does. We have a range of online resources and bespoke workshop support for R2HC applicants and grantees to assist the development of strong humanitarian research partnerships. Whether you are exploring collaboration and establishing a new partnership, or already in a research consortium and looking for ways to improve your effectiveness, here, you will find an array of relevant online tools and resources, as well as the latest learnings, on partnerships for humanitarian research.
STRENGTHEN YOUR RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP
If you have applied to the R2HC programme, are a current R2HC grantee, or are working in an existing research partnership we have a range of resources to support you in making your partnership work as effectively as possible.
Strong partnerships are key to delivering effective research. At R2HC we want to ensure that the research we fund is undertaken by researchers and practitioners that value and understand both the importance, and the challenges, of effective collaboration.
As part of our partnerships offer to potential grantees we invite applicants to apply for seed funding at the Expression of Interest application stage. Seed funding provides applicants with up to £10,000 to meet in person as a full research team and/or conduct pilot fieldwork essential to partnership development. Previous seed funding recipients have significantly benefitted from R2HC facilitation of these early-stage research team meetings to develop their partnership, and this is support we are pleased to be able to offer again this year.
Mentoring and Support
For our grantees we provide training in effective partnership management for Principal Investigators, in addition to mentoring and support as needed. If you would like R2HC to attend your research start up meeting or offer advice and support at any stage of your research please contact the R2HC Partnerships Manager.
There is a large amount of wider reading that we would recommend for anyone interested in learning more about collaboration and what makes effective research partnerships. Here are a few online links, books and videos that will be updated periodically. If you have any additional suggestions please get in touch!
- Partnership Brokers Association
- Promoting Effective Partnering (PEP), RSM
- Finding and Building Effective Partnerships, UKCDS
- Partnership Assessment Tool, developed by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
- Recommended books on leading teams: ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of Team’ by Patrick Lencioni and ‘Crucial Conversations’ by Kerry Patterson
Lessons learnt on effective partnerships
With four rounds of research funding, and a special call on the Ebola outbreak, R2HC are gathering insightful learning around best practice for effective research partnerships.
Through hosting events like our 2016 Research Forum in Jordan, we hope to facilitate new connections between academic researchers and humanitarian practitioners engaged in public health research in humanitarian contexts. Read more about our Research Forum.
From 4-6th September 2017 we are also hosting our first ever R2HC Research Forum, providing an opportunity for past and present grantees to come together and share research findings, exchange the latest good practice relating to undertaking public health research in humanitarian crises and to foster synergy and collaboration with wider humanitarian research and practitioner communities.
If you would like any additional information or support on partnerships for humanitarian research, please get in touch with R2HC’s Partnerships Manager