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The Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE) is a programme through which Elrha aims to improve outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises. It will do so by enabling the humanitarian community to target global, regional, national and local humanitarian research and innovation capabilities, and resources, to the most pressing problems.

With the financial support of the governments of the UK and the Netherlands, the GPE will:

  1. provide updated and in-depth mapping of humanitarian research and innovation activity (investments and initiatives);
  2. undertake a separate global and regional consultation process to identify priorities for humanitarian innovation and research;
  3. roll out further communication and engagement processes to build involvement in and support for strategic coordination and collaboration to maximise the impact of humanitarian research and innovation investments;
  4. influence the humanitarian community funding priorities to increase the alignment between needs and investments.

We aim to equip donors with the knowledge and tools to fund long-term transformative solutions that address the most pressing humanitarian problems.

To achieve the programme goals, the GPE will drive a strategic approach to research and innovation, working with actors in the humanitarian system to identify and prioritise problems.

In developing the priorities, we will collaborate with global, regional, national and local actors and communities previously or currently affected by humanitarian crisis to ensure efforts are coordinated and positioned to achieve maximum uptake and impact. The priorities these consultations will produce will not only focus on the shared needs but also draw on differences between various locations, crisis contexts, groups, themes and clusters.


The aim is to identify priorities for research and innovation action and investments, as well as the barriers and opportunities to scaling up the impact of humanitarian research and innovation to humanitarian practice.

To ensure geographical coverage, we will coordinate eight regional consultations in: Europe and North America, Central and West Africa, Southern and East Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Central and South Asia, East Asia, the Pacific and Australia, and, South America and Caribbean. Through key informant interviews, online surveys and focus group consultations, regional and national stakeholders will be asked to reflect and share their opinions on the current access, use and utility of the research and innovation outputs mapped in phase one. They’ll also be asked about the key gaps, barriers and priorities in funding future humanitarian evidence and innovation efforts.


The purpose of the Global, Regional and National Consultation is to:

  • identify and map global, regional and national humanitarian research and innovation need priorities, exploring any disconnects identified by the 2021 Global Mapping Report;
  • identify challenges to impactful research and innovation spend and opportunities for more strategic investment;
  • identify examples and evidence of good research and innovation spend within the humanitarian ecosystem;
  • provide a route into meaningful community consultation within the regions.


The Consultation will generate one global and eight regional reports and annexes to identify priorities, challenges, and examples of opportunities for improved investment strategies for humanitarian research and innovation. The report should analyse and identify:

  1. identify Humanitarian research and innovation priorities;
  2. explore the sector barriers to priority and investment alignment;
  3. identify the sector opportunities to align and improve the relationship between priorities, investments, and outcomes;
  4. identify examples of possible synergies with the other relevant sector research (e.g. State of the Humanitarian System by ALNAP).


We expect the work can begin immediately following contracting. Work should be completed by January 2022, however may finish earlier dependent on the engagement plan/timings.


Financial offers should exclude applicable UK VAT but include any taxes that overseas suppliers may be liable for outside the UK. Please indicate if you/your company is VAT registered and where.

Please note that payment is linked to satisfactory completion of the activities set out in this invitation to tender.


You can download the invitation to tender package for this consultation by following the links below.

The application deadline is Sunday 11:59 PM GMT 9 May 2021. We will not be able to consider incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the deadline.

Please submit proposals with all required documents via email to with the email subject line ‘GPE Global, Regional and National Level Consultation’.

Invitation to tender package

Global, Regional and National Consultation

Schedule 1 – Budget Breakdown (Model Financial Offer)

Schedule 2 – Supplier Due Diligence Template

Appendix 1 – Elrha Contract Terms

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