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

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The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme funds public health research aiming to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base of what works in humanitarian crises. Partnerships between academic institutions and humanitarian organisations is a key requirement for funding.


Are you keen to conduct research exploring public health practice in humanitarian crises?

Do you know of public health interventions that could be adapted and made effective in a humanitarian context?        

R2HC is pleased to announce that its third call for Expressions of Interest opened on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at 00.01am BST. Over the past two years we have awarded more than 25 grants and a total of 7.7 million pounds to organisations working across the humanitarian health spectrum, including reviewing psycho-social interventions in refugee settings, behaviour change messaging during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and improving menstrual hygiene in emergency contexts.

The R2HC-funded Humanitarian Health Evidence Review in 2013 identified a number of areas where very little public health research has been conducted. To address this, there are some priority areas we are interested to fund, although applications for research on other health issues are also invited.  We are looking for proposals on:

  • Communicable diseases, including epidemics
  • Sexual and reproductive health and/or gender based violence
  • Cost effectiveness of health interventions
  • Ethical issues in the context of public health operations or research during humanitarian crises

How can I find out more and apply?

All relevant information regarding applications, including core documentation to read before applying, is available here.


Deadline for applications

The deadline for submissions of ‘Expressions of Interest’ for R2HC grants is July 20th 2015.

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