Shaping the future: Our strategy for research and innovation in humanitarian response.

A global organisation that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation..
Our purpose is clear: we work in partnership with a global community of humanitarian actors, researchers and innovators to improve the quality of humanitarian action and deliver better outcomes for people affected by crises.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

Here you will find our open funding opportunities for innovation (through the Humanitarian Innovation Fund) and research (through Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises).

Past Funding Opportunities

AI for Humanitarians: Shaping future innovation

Supporting a cohort of humanitarian practitioners to pioneer a problem-led approach and explore the opportunities and risks associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI), we invite practitioners to identify areas of future impact, ripe for further investigation and potential investment.

Funding Opportunity: GBV Tech Innovation Challenge

This Innovation Challenge looks to identify and support promising tech-based interventions relevant to GBV programming within humanitarian settings.

Scaling Challenge: Adopting Innovations in High Severity Settings

This Challenge aims to support the scaling of evidenced-based, HIF-funded humanitarian innovations, by incentivising their adoption and use in very high severity settings.

Innovation Challenge: data-driven inclusion

We are looking to support innovative data collection approaches that will generate action-oriented recommendations on how to make humanitarian action more inclusive of older people and people with disabilities.

R2HC Call for research to strengthen health systems in humanitarian settings

R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. Addressing leading causes of morbidity and mortality, we are looking for research proposals that seek to improve the functioning of a health system and health outcomes in a humanitarian setting.

R2HC Call for research in response to current or anticipated humanitarian health crises

R2HC aims to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. We are looking for research proposals that respond to a current or anticipated health crisis in a humanitarian setting. Proposals should be context specific and driven by evidence needs identified by stakeholders to inform response to the crisis in real-time.

Innovation Challenge: Adoption Challenge – Facilitating the adoption of humanitarian WASH innovations

We are looking for humanitarian organisations interested in adopting innovations from our WASH Innovation Catalogue into their programmes. Funding will be made available to cover the adoption costs.

Innovation Challenge: Faecal sludge treatment solutions for disease outbreaks in densely populated humanitarian settings

We are looking for faecal sludge treatment innovations for disease outbreaks in densely populated humanitarian settings.

Innovation Challenge: Increasing the Meaningful Participation of People with Disabilities and Older People in Humanitarian Action

We're looking to increase the meaningful participation of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian action.

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