Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme

This programme provides support for research institutes and humanitarian organisations that work in partnership to improve health outcomes in humanitarian crises.

The programme is managed by Elrha (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and is a partnership between the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Wellcome, and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Leading a research programme

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Low- or middle-income countries, Rest of the world

Type of researcher:

Basic, Clinical, Public health

Level of funding:

An overall budget of about £3.5 million for each call

Duration of funding:

The maximum duration of a grant is 36 months

Who can apply

Organisations with a strong track record in humanitarian health research can apply to the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises programme (also known as ‘R2HC’).

The lead applicant should be one of the following:

  • research institution
  • non-profit institution or NGO (non-governmental organisation)
  • UN agency.

All applications must be jointly submitted by at least one research institute and one operational humanitarian organisation who propose to work in partnership.

You can find out more about eligibility for this programme on the Elrha website.

What we're looking for

We're looking for proposals that fit with the aims of our programme, which are to:

  • improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises
  • encourage world-class research through fostering collaboration between operational humanitarian agencies and research organisations
  • bridge the gap between research and practice in relation to public health interventions in humanitarian crises.

Your proposal should focus on one or more of the following areas within the context of a humanitarian crisis:

  • public health priorities that lack a solid existing evidence base
  • public health interventions that are not specific to the context of a humanitarian crisis − how they can be adapted and delivered in this context, and their effectiveness maximised
  • health systems, including the coordination of the public health response
  • specific interventions designed to improve health outcomes, such as cash transfers.

For the current call, we particularly welcome proposals that address the evaluation of interventions focused on health system strengthening in fragile states and protracted crises.

We encourage applications that involve organisations based in countries most affected by humanitarian crises.

You can choose between two types of proposal:

  1. core grants
  2. rapid response grants (in the acute phase of a crisis).

Other schemes

Joint Health Systems Research Initiative

Supporting research based in low- and middle-income countries to improve health systems in those locations.
Full details of Joint Health Systems Research Initiative
Scheme finder

There is an annual call for applications, with an overall budget of about £2 million for each call.

Find out more on the Elrha website.

You can apply to the R2HC programme on the Elrha website.

Please don’t apply to the Wellcome Trust.

Dates

  • Call opens

    5 June 2018

  • Application deadline for expressions of interest

    17 July 2018

  • Successful applicants invited to submit full proposals

    10 September 2018

  • Full proposal deadline

    3 December 2018

  • Announcement of successful applicants

    April 2019

More information

Find out about how we've worked with the funding community to develop principles and obligations setting out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.

Funding partners

Definitions

Leading a research programme

For researchers with a PhD or the equivalent, and significant postdoctoral research experience.

UK
Republic of Ireland
Low- or middle-income countries

See a list of low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Rest of the world
Basic

You're not a clinically qualified researcher.

Clinical

You're a clinically qualified doctor, vet, dentist or a clinical psychologist.

Public health

Key dates

  • Call opens

    5 June 2018

  • Application deadline for expressions of interest

    17 July 2018

  • Successful applicants invited to submit full proposals

    10 September 2018

  • Full proposal deadline

    3 December 2018

  • Announcement of successful applicants

    April 2019

Contact us

If you have a question, contact the R2HC team: