Pakistan floods: innovations and guidance for the response.

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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

Do you have a good idea for a creative solution to humanitarian needs – an innovation that will help people in an emergency or disaster?

We can help you take your designs from the drawing board and transform them into real-world solutions.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is pleased to announce that its ninth call for applications is now open. Over the past five years we have awarded 60 grants, to organisations, individuals and private companies working across the humanitarian system, from developing a rapid response wheelchair package to improving menstrual hygiene in emergency contexts.

Large grants between £75,000 and £150,000 will be available for the development and implementation stages of innovation. Interested applicants should submit an Expression of Interest (EoI), which explains their innovative idea, to the HIF’s online grant management system: first time applicants can register here and returning applicants can apply here.

The deadline for submissions of ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the large grant facility is 14th May 2014.

This time we’ve made some changes to our application approach:

  • The funding is open to more organisations – for the first time the private sector can also apply as the lead applicant.
  • We are strongly encouraging Southern organisations to apply.
  • We are able to mentor organisations through the application process, to make it easier and more accessible.
  • We will be facilitating partnerships between applicants where we see that a collaborative approach could boost the innovation further

By simplifying the application process and offering more support through the initial proposal stages we can really focus on the potential impact of the innovation.

How can we find out more?
Please check the funding page of our website for the most up to date information. We will also be running an introductory webinar on the 10th of April to explain the application process step-by-step.


We hosted a webinar where Kim Scriven, HIF Manager, shared information about the fund, who it is aimed at, and how to apply. There will be a particular focus on the application process and how to turn innovative ideas into successful proposals.

The webinar slides are available here

HIF launches 9th call for Large Grants 

Where is the innovation? This is the first question we ask when we receive an application. Not what’s the reference number? Who is applying? Has the applicant applied before? What type of humanitarian action is this proposal targeting? Is this applicant eligible? Has the format been respected?

All those questions come later, first comes the question: where is the innovation?

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