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In August 2014 the R2HC launched an emergency research call to generate findings to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The main call for proposals has closed and the programme has now announced six research projects that will receive a total of £1.8million in funding. Details of the funded projects can be found here.

The programme is not inviting further applications for further Ebola research funding at this time. However as the situation on the ground changes we may be able to consider proposals that address a specific and urgent need for evidence that could have a major impact on the Ebola response. Any such enquiries should include a 1-page outline of the proposed research and should be sent to

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)

The 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.

The programme is the product of a strategic partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust, with ELRHA overseeing the programme’s execution and management.

Programme Launch
The programme was launched on 4th June 2013 at the Wellcome Trust in London. Click here for a selection of news articles about the programme, published following the launch. To read our launch press release please click here.

Humanitarian Health Evidence Review
The programme commissioned a system-wide Evidence Review to identify major challenges/evidence needs associated with public health interventions in humanitarian contexts. The full report is available as a PDF and online resource here.

R2HC Ethical Framework
ELRHA commissioned an R2HC ethical framework and guidelines to guide development of research designs and support ethical review of humanitarian health research proposals. The Final Report is available here.

Research collaborations
The R2HC programme will facilitate research collaborations between public health researchers and operational humanitarian agencies. If you would like ELRHA to assist with finding research partners for your organisation, click here to download the partnership brokering form.

First call for proposals:

The research project grantees for the first call for proposals have been announced. Click here for more information.

Second call for proposals:
R2HC's second call for proposals opened for Expressions of Interest on 26th May 2014, and closed on 10 July 2014.

Second call launch event:
Please click here to read the presentations from R2HC's Second Call Launch Event at the Wellcome Trust in London on 4 June 2014.

The presentations cover the day's talks in order of occurrence, with presentations including:
  • Review of First Call for Proposals, Daniel Davies, R2HC Programme Manager;
  • Humanitarian Health Evidence Review, Dr Bayard Roberts, Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
  • ELRHA Partnerships Brokering and Support, Lisa Guppy, Senior Research Advisor, ELRHA
  • R2HC Second Call for Proposals, Daniel Davies, R2HC Programme Manager, ELRHA

International workshops

30 April 2014, The Siyonat Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

15 May 2014, Nai Lert Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme held two one-day research funding workshops ahead of the launch of its second call for proposals. The workshops gave details of the programme and the second call, provided an opportunity to hear from successful applicants from the first call, and helped connect researchers and humanitarian practitioners with others in the region with an interest in humanitarian health research.


Further enquiries regarding the R2HC programme should be directed to Daniel Davies, R2HC Programme Manager,

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