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Last updated 08/08/2023


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 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.

Due Diligence

Due Diligence consists of vetting key team members and/or board members, as well as a review of organisational policies, to assess any risk to us of funding you. Our detailed Due Diligence FAQs and Policy Guidance explains the process and what we’re looking for. Our Policy Guidance outlines what we would expect to see in each type of key policy. The level of detail in each policy will depend on the size and type of organisation and on the governance structure of the organisation.

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.


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.

We have a standard grant agreement that 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 a 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.

Standard grant agreement

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.

Standard grant agreement

Standard grant agreement

We have a standard grant agreement that will need to be signed by both your organisation and us.

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