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Guidance and Support

In this section you can find out more about how we fund humanitarian innovation projects and research studies through our two programmes: the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (the HIF) and Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC).

If you want to apply for funding, you’ll find key information below that you should consider before and during the application process.

The above tabs contain the following information:

1. Application Guidance

Here we outline how we fund innovation projects and research studies through funding calls. We also include details of our Due Diligence and Contracting process with templates and resources to support your application.

2. Current Grantees

We highlight common queries and who to contact if you have to change something in your project or to your payment.

3. Incident Reporting

This section states what we regard to be an incident, how to report an incident to us and our ‘Promise to Whistleblowers.’

Have a question?

If you are one of our grantees please get in touch with your programme contact (either HIF or R2HC).

If you are not currently a grantee, please get in touch with us at

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Are you interested in applying for funding from one of our programmes? Here’s what you need to know…

Our Funding Calls

We provide funding for humanitarian research studies and innovation projects through applications to our specific funding opportunities. We do not accept unsolicited applications for funding.

Our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme runs an annual ‘Open Call’ for proposals that seek that to address specific or multiple public health issues in crisis settings. Our Humanitarian Innovation Fund programme runs a variety of themed Innovation Challenges.

For information about what funding opportunities we have open, take a look at our Funding Opportunities page.

Below, we outline some common queries we receive from people looking to apply for funding. If this does not answer your question, please contact our Finance and Grants team at

Am I eligible for funding?

• You need to be a legally registered organisation.
• You need a bank account registered to that organisation.
• You need to pass our Due Diligence process and agree to our standard terms and conditions.

Other eligibility requirements may be included for particular funding, so always check the funding documentation carefully.

What should I know before I apply?

We would recommend you familiarise yourself with our two programmes. You should review the key programmatic guidance, which can be found on the HIF and R2HC programme pages.

Each programme will run funding opportunities which will be open for applications for a short time. This will be your opportunity to apply, if you feel you can match the call’s criteria. Sign up to receive our newsletters to be the first to hear about available funding.

What should I know when I apply?

Every funding opportunity is unique and will have its own assessment criteria. We recommend that you carefully review these requirements and make sure you meet them, and then demonstrate this as explicitly as possible in your application.

Each application will require a budget that matches your funding request. Before developing your budget please review our guidance documents around eligible costs and foreign currency.

Each funding opportunity will also have particular requirements governing budget rules on overhead cost rates. There may also be other budget requirements specific to the particular funding opportunity. Please make sure you meet all of these requirements.

Always use the templates provided when applying (see below resources section) – this speeds up the review process and allows us to come to funding decisions faster!

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Due Diligence & Contracting

Once you have received a positive funding decision on your application, we’ll support you through our Due Diligence and Contracting processes. Your funding is not confirmed until both processes are complete. We run these two processes in parallel so we can get your innovation project or research study up and running as soon as possible.

Our contracts include a requirement for all our grantees to adhere to our Incident Prevention and Management Policy and any relevant Donor Conditions.

What is Due Diligence?

Due Diligence consists of vetting key team members and/or board members, as well as a review of organisational policies, to asses our any risk of funding you. Our detailed Due Diligence FAQs and Policy Guidance explains the process and what we’re looking for.

Once completed, as long as there are no significant changes, your organisation’s Due Diligence remains valid for three years. If you receive additional funding from us during that time, we will only need to carry out basic checks.

What is the contracting process?

We have a standard grant agreement which will need to be signed by both your organisation and us. We have a “no negotiation” policy, and therefore don’t generally accept amendments to our standard agreement. The reason why we have such policy in place, is that Elrha has the obligation to transfer the same conditions included in its agreements with funders, to all downstream partners. We therefore recommend that you review our standard agreement with your legal team and share any queries you may have as early as possible.

You can find a copy of our standard grant agreement in the resources section below. You should share this in advance of receiving a funding decision with the relevant people at your organisation (eg, legal, contracting or awards teams). This will help shorten the time between the funding decision and the start of your project or research study.

If your organisation is often successful at receiving funding from us we may invite you to sign up to the Framework Agreement.

This agreement covers all our main contractual terms and spans a three-year period – during that time, we will draw up basic award letters for each positive funding decision. This makes the contracting process much quicker and will allow you to start your work much sooner.

Key Resources

You can find our supporting documents for applicants and grantees below for information.

Elrha Grant Agreement Template

This is our Standard Grant Agreement (updated in March 2020).

Elrha Award Letter

A standard template Elrha Letter sent to successful applicants

Policy Development Guidance

Our Policy Development Guidance for grantees.

Due Diligence and Contracting FAQs

Frequently asked questions by prospective grantees from the Due Diligence and Contracting stage.

Elrha Incident Prevention and Management Policy

Our Incident Prevention and Management Policy to support all those we work with, and which all grantees must adhere to.

Elrha Framework Grant Agreement

This is a standard Elrha Framework Agreement.

Eligible Costs Guidance

For anyone seeking funding from our programmes, our Eligible Costs Guidance outlines what costs may be included in the budgets submitted as part of their proposals.

Foreign Currency Guidance

Our Foreign Currency Guidance explains how we expect grantees to record foreign currency transactions for accounting purposes.

You will find below some of the most common queries that we receive from our grantees.

If this doesn’t answer your question,  please get in touch with your assigned programme. Alternatively you can email:


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I need to change something in my project/study

You’ll be assigned a contact within the relevant programme (HIF or R2HC) who will keep up to date with the progress of your project/study and be on hand for any queries.

You must contact them if:

  • You need to change key aspects of your project/study (eg, timeline, budgets, locations, outcomes).
  • You need to change a key member of your team (we may need to conduct further vetting checks in this instance).

They will then guide you through the relevant process. Contact us if you don’t know who your programme contact is.

I haven’t received my payment

Payments are made to the bank account agreed at the contracting stage, unless you inform us that a change needs to be made.

Our R2HC Seed Funding payments are made in arrears, after the initial period is complete.

For other projects/studies, the first payment for is usually sent within 21 days of signing the agreement. Depending on your location and the way funds may be routed by intermediary banks, from our experience funds can take up to a further seven days to reach your account.

Subsequent payments are contingent on us receiving and signing off project/study reports.

If you have any queries on your payments, please email us through your relevant programme contact.

My payment amount isn’t right

We may reduce payments if prior payments are not fully spent – this is especially true for final payments if the overall project/study is underspent. Details are included in your agreement with us. Payments are usually made within 21 days of the acceptance of the relevant reports and should clear within seven days of that.

Your bank, and any intermediary banks, may deduct bank charges whilst payment is en route, which will slightly reduce the amount you receive.

We always send payment in GBP. If your bank account is in a different currency, foreign exchange rate movements may change the amount you receive compared to the amount you expect.

If you have any queries on your payments, please email us through your relevant programme contact.

I need to change where my payments are going

If you need to change where we send your payments, please get in touch with your assigned programme contact. You’ll need to provide proof of your new bank details.

We can only make payments electronically to a bank account registered to your organisation and not by any other method.

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Incident reporting

We regard an Incident as any actual or attempted:

  • Acts of child abuse and exploitation, this includes physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and wider exploitation (such as child labour and early marriage)
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Acts of modern slavery or human trafficking
  • Acts causing harm or major detriment to a vulnerable group (as defined below)
  • Acts of theft, fraud, bribery, money laundering, funding of terrorism, tax evasion and other forms of corrupt practice
  • Instances where someone’s health and safety is, or believed to be, in danger
  • Any forms of illegal activities not covered above
  • Undisclosed or emergent major conflicts of interest
  • Attempts to cover up wrongdoing
  • Data protection breaches

These include acts in relation to our direct work, as well as work funded by us.

The list above is not exhaustive. You should bring any form of unethical behaviour to our attention.

How to report an incident

Please report any incidents to us immediately via email to 

You can also report an incident through the Contact form on this website – select ‘I want to report an incident’ from the drop down menu.

Our Incident Prevention and Management Policy

The safety and wellbeing of those we work with is of paramount importance to us. This includes staff, governance groups, grantees and the people our grantees work with. We have a zero-tolerance approach towards all forms of unethical behaviour. Please read our Incident Prevention Policy for more information.

Read our policy

Our Promise to Whistleblowers

A whistleblower is anyone who reports a suspicion of an incident to us.

Our policy is to treat all reports of incidents with the utmost seriousness and will respond to reports as soon as it is practicable to do so. This is normally within two working days of receiving a concern.

We will protect the confidentiality of whistleblowers and prevent them from harm or detriment as a result of their report, as much as it is in our power to do so.

Any concerns or issues can be reported anonymously. We will respect your anonymity as best we can. However, any investigations may be at a disadvantage if we are unable to contact you to discuss your concerns.

We will acknowledge your report and may also request further information if an investigation is appropriate. We cannot state how long any investigation may take as this will be determined by the context of the incident, but we will keep you informed of progress as much as we are able to do so.

During the course of any investigation, it may not be possible to keep details entirely confidential as we have legal duties to inform our donors and regulatory agencies  in some cases. When this occurs we will inform you in advance, where we are allowed to do so, and work with you to prevent any harm or detriment.

During any investigation it may not be possible to share all details that the investigation uncovers, however, we will keep you informed of progress as much as we can.

Once any investigation is complete, we will inform you of the result of and any resulting actions. If you are not content, we will explain how to appeal and how to escalate to any relevant regulatory body.

Please report any incidents to us immediately:

Report an incident through out contact form

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Useful Resources

Report Partnerships

Elrha Guide to Constructing Effective Partnerships

Tool COVID-19, Ethics Related

R2HC Research Ethics Tool


Grantee Webinar: An introduction to blogging for R2HC researchers


Research Snapshot Guidance


Policy Briefing Template

Using our Research Snapshot Template - Guidance Note

This guidance document outlines how you might use your research snapshot and how the R2HC programme team can support you in writing one. 

Research Snapshot Template

This template is a two-page Elrha branded document that our R2HC grantees can use to summarise their research findings.

Introduction to Research Impact

Our Introduction to Research Impact document is designed to prepare our R2HC research teams to plan for research impact, whether as part of a Research Impact Workshop or webinar with us or preparing to do the work on their own.

About Research Impact Workshops

This Research Impact Workshop document covers our Research Impact Toolkit (RIT) what you can expect from our RIT workshop.

Partnerships Agreement Template

This Partnerships Agreement Template is a tool study teams can use to support decision-making and encourage transparency, clarity of intention and shared purpose among partners on a study team. It should be read in conjunction with our guidance note. 

Research Brief Template

This R2HC template can help you write a 1-page summary of your funded research project. The Research Brief Template is primarily designed to support researchers to engage with policymakers and practitioners, and other non-technical, non-academic audiences.

Using the Policy Briefing Template - Guidance Note

This guidance document provides notes on how to write a good briefing, and practical guidance on using the policy briefing template.

Policy Briefing Template

This template is a medium length Word document that our R2HC grantees can use to provide policy-makers with analysis of evidence, to inform or influence decisions in a specific policy contexts.

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