Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme

The OCHA Policy Development and Studies Branch’s Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme provides small grants to encourage and support original research and writing on issues and trends relating to humanitarian needs. The grants are given yearly. The Programme is currently closed.

Requirements and eligibility

All research projects must be completed within five months and result in a 20- to 40-page paper and a possible presentation at an OCHA policy forum. The final papers will be published on the OCHA website.Field research in countries with humanitarian response activities is strongly encouraged.

Field research in countries with humanitarian response activities is strongly encouraged.

The maximum grant payable under this programme is US$4,000. The exact disbursement will be determined by the nature of the work and the number of selected projects.

The programme is open to people of any nationality who are interested in improving humanitarian assistance. Applicants should either have relevant academic credentials, such as an MA or a PhD, be currently enrolled in an advanced degree programme or have work experience relevant to their proposal. Applicants proposing field research are generally expected to be residents of that country or to have extensive experience working in that context, as well as relevant language skills. Organizations are not eligible to apply. 

Winners for 2014 Grants

The OCHA Policy Development and Studies Branch is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Grant Programme. Papers will be available in 2015.

Omer Aijazi (Pakistan) - Precarious Lives, Vulnerable Bodies: Examining Social Repair in Northern Pakistan

Mihir R. Bhatt (India) - Measuring Impact of a Community-based Disaster Micro-insurance Innovation in the Aftermath of Cyclone Phailin in Odisha, India

Estelle Rolande Herimpitia (Madagascar) - Smallholder Farmers Resiliency: Economic Benefit generated from risk mitigating activities on farmers livelihoods in flood-prone areas of Madagascar

Animesh Prakash (India) - Feasibility Study of application of life towers in flood prone settlements of Odisha

Paul Sixpence (Zimbabwe) - An investigation into the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder humanitarian interventions: A case study of humanitarian responses to floods in Masvingo and Matabeleland North Provinces of Zimbabwe

Papers from Previous Winners


Note: The final papers from 2013 winners will be available in April 2014

Caetano C. Dorea (Brazil) – Examining the Disconnect Between Research and Innovation for WASH Technologies

Brian Wei (USA) – Enhancing Entrepreneurship through Livelihood Risk Reduction: A Practitioner’s Toolkit for Upgrading Waged and Own-Account Workers’ Terms of Work in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments

Mizan Bustanul Fuady Bisri (Indonesia) – Choose Your Partner Correctly In Emergency Response: Direction for Partnership Innovation Learned from Great East Japan Earthquake And Tsunami 2011

Stern Kita (Malawi) – Is Cash Transfer A Better Devil That Food Aid? The Case Of Malawi's 2012/2013 Response To Food Insecurity

Ana Maria Almanza Velasquez (Colombia) – Revision of the Humanitarian Situations Risk Index


Irwin Lopez (Philippines) - "Increasing Flood Early Warning and Response Capacity through Community Participation: The Cases of Barangays Mangin, Dagupan and Banaba, San Mateo, Philippines"

Shimeles Hailu (Ethiopia) - "Impact of Disaster Risk Management Interventions in Humanitarian programme on Household Food security : The Case of North Wollo Zone, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

Rosa Akbari (USA) - "Reporting from the Devil’s Garden - SMS reporting systems in Tindouf Refugee camp"