AHRC-DFID Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme is now open

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Deadline: 5 September 2019

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) part of UK Research and Innovation and the Department for International Development (DFID) have established a new Collaborative Humanitarian Research Programme to help tackle one of the most pressing issues of their time: the protection of people in areas of war and conflict.

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The goal of this research call is to better understand the causes of humanitarian protection risks/violations and to gather evidence about which interventions are most effective in improving humanitarian protection outcomes.


There are six key research themes identified for this call:

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  • Impact of violations of international humanitarian law
  • Impact of protection programming
  • Impact of restraint
  • Impact of local protection mechanisms
  • Impact of recognition on protection and Impact of targeting
  • Proposals must address one of more of these key themes

Funding Information

  • Fund limit up to £480,000 (fEC) plus additional £100,000 for optional Capacity Building element (£580,000 in total).
  • Project duration: 18–24 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Researchers from any recognised research organisation in any country are eligible as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator.
  • Any recognised UK or international university/research organisation that can meet UKRI due diligence requirements is eligible to apply as the lead organisation.
  • At least one researcher based at a research organisation in an OECD DAC ODA eligible country must be included in the research team (as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator).
  • Proposals must also include collaboration with at least one practitioner organisation.
  • The regions of focus prioritised for this call have been selected based on the high intensities of conflict recorded and live conflict related humanitarian appeals in 2018.
  • Successful proposals must meet all the following defining characteristics:
    • Address one of the six research themes outlined the full call guidance document
    • Be appropriately multidisciplinary
    • Include collaboration with practitioner organisations
    • Include partnerships with institutions in OECD DAC eligible countries
    • Include consideration of gender dynamics, and wider equalities and inclusion issues in relation to the theme being studied

How to Apply

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Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/ahrc-dfid-collaborative-humanitarian-protection-research-programme-thematic-research-grants-call/

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