R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
This grant programme is an ‘Open Call’, with proposals sought for research that will strengthen the public health evidence base in humanitarian settings, and contribute to more effective interventions in humanitarian response.
This Call is now open.
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The Humanitarian Health Evidence Review demonstrated how few rigorous research studies have been conducted in humanitarian contexts across multiple fields of public health. This fund provides a unique opportunity to generate high quality evidence that can add to the global evidence base and shape humanitarian response.
All proposals will be expected to demonstrate the potential scale and impact of the proposed research and, to do this, you might like to consider adopting the following approaches:
This is an Open Call but applications must have a research team including both a research institution and an operational humanitarian organisation to be eligible. We will consider applications from any legally registered not-for-profit body across the globe.
Humanitarian crises can include conflict-affected locations, natural disasters and complex emergencies. Humanitarian settings also include refugee or IDP camps/settlements, including in protracted crises, and refugees or IDPs living in urban settings. A full definition is available in our Call Guidelines.
This year we have introduced a new Formative research stream, alongside our existing Open research. Funding of up to £100,000 is available for research which will inform a larger study. Activities must be conducted over a maximum of 24 months.
Our Annual Call has a two-stage selection process: an initial Expression of Interest stage, and a subsequent Full Proposal stage for shortlisted applicants. Successful Full Proposals will have up to 36 months (24 months for Formative research) in which to undertake the research and uptake activities.
This video provides an introduction to our R2HC Annual Call 2020.
There are four further videos in this series, hosted by Simon, our R2HC Portfolio Manager, which summarise:
A key requirement for applying for this 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:
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.
Applying for Seed Funding: When submitting you Expression of Interest (EOI) you can choose to be considered for Seed Funding. Applicants who’s EOIs are successfully shortlisted will then be eligible for the Seed Funding grants. Our team will be in touch with successful applicants with the details of how they can request Seed Funding support.
The lead applicant must be not-for-profit and legally registered (e.g. NGOs, universities, research institutions, UN agencies and public / government institutions). Individual or for-profit organisations cannot be the lead applicant.
Applicants can come from any part of the world and do not need to be registered in the UK.
Yes. At a minimum, we require a partnership between at least one academic or research institution and one operational humanitarian partner. Either body can be the lead organisation for the application.
The research team must include an academic or research institution from the country(s) or region where the research will take place.
Yes, each proposal is considered on its own merit
For proposals submitted in our Open research stream there is no maximum or minimum limit. Applicants are encouraged to request enough funds to complete the proposed research successfully.
Applicants may request support for personnel costs, travel, data collection and analysis, reasonable equipment purchases, and other items to cover the full research costs in the relevant setting.
The R2HC will not generally pay for the costs of interventions, except in limited cases where a small trial pilot is needed.
For our Formative research there is a maximum of £100,000 available per proposal.
The overall funding for this call for proposals will be in the region of £4.5 million. The number of grants and the total amount of funding approved will depend on the quality of proposals received.
For proposals submitted in our Open research stream grants can be for a maximum duration of up to 36 months (24 months for Formative research), during which research and uptake activities can take place.
Our definition of ‘humanitarian crisis’ is included in the Call Guidelines document. We recognise that humanitarian crises come in various forms and occur over a range of timescales.
The R2HC is only able to fund research in countries featured in the Development Assistant Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipients. This means that we are not able to fund research in countries such as Greece.
We can consider applications for research in non-humanitarian settings but you will need to demonstrate that the outcomes of the research would have validity as well as applicability in a humanitarian context.
We fund both primary and secondary data collection, as well as improved public health tools – such as diagnostic measures, monitoring indicators or evaluation approaches – provided that these are applied in the context of a humanitarian crisis and that a concrete link to improved public health outcomes is demonstrated.
We do not fund systematic reviews, laboratory-based or clinical trials, or the development of diagnostics.
Recognising the current relevance, we encourage research on the impact of COVID-19 on health systems and delivery of health services in countries that are already experiencing humanitarian crises.
This funding call does not invite proposals which specifically address COVID-19. R2HC was able to fund 15 studies to support COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings through a separate funding call, which is now closed.
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