We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
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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

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.

Innovation Challenge: Supporting the humanitarian community to explore how inclusive preparedness can enable inclusive humanitarian response

Supporting the humanitarian community to explore how inclusive preparedness can enable inclusive humanitarian response

Innovation Challenge: Innovative Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in Humanitarian Settings

We’re looking for innovative intimate partner violence (IPV) response interventions that meet the needs of and maintain the safety and security of women and girls in humanitarian settings.

Research to support COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings

Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings. The aim is to fund public health research that will produce robust findings that will contribute to the effectiveness of the current humanitarian response and increase the evidence base for future responses to similar infectious disease outbreaks. Given the global travel restrictions and social distancing measures in place to respond to COVID-19, applicants must be able to demonstrate that their proposed research is relevant, feasible and ethical.

JOURNEY TO SCALE: Funding for scaling humanitarian innovation

Journey to Scale (J2S) is aimed at humanitarian innovators who have successfully piloted their solution in at least one humanitarian setting and are now looking to scale up its impact.

WASH EVIDENCE INNOVATION CHALLENGE: Develop robust evidence on humanitarian WASH innovations

The aim of our WASH Evidence Challenge will be to generate practical, comparative evidence around HIF-funded WASH innovations. The evidence will be useful for both the innovations themselves and the humanitarian sector as a whole. These projects need to be collaborations between WASH innovators, researchers and humanitarian agencies.

R2HC Annual Funding Call

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 that address specific or multiple public health issues by gathering evidence with the potential to contribute to improved public health outcomes in humanitarian contexts.

WASH Innovation Challenge: Exploring the barriers to inclusion faced by people living with incontinence

The aim of this Challenge is to build on existing evidence and insights to further understand the barriers to inclusion that people living with incontinence face, so that more holistic, effective and inclusive WASH programmes can be developed.

WASH Innovation Challenge: Safe, dignified and inclusive menstrual hygiene management (MHM) programming in emergencies

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an often-overlooked aspect of humanitarian response. Providing safe, dignified and inclusive MHM programming will require the humanitarian sector to address a range of complex problems that no one product or service can solve.

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