Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme

The OCHA Policy Development and Studies Branch invites applications to its 2014 Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant ProgrammeThe programme encourages and enables original research and writing on issues and trends relating to humanitarian needs and response.

2014 Application and information package [deadline: 1 May 2014]
English - French


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.

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.

How to submit your application

To apply for a grant under this programme, please submit:

  • The application form, including a 3 to 10-page project proposal and an indicative budget (using the format below).
  • Your CV/resumé.
  • A writing sample (maximum 2 pages) that demonstrates your ability to clearly explain complex ideas.

Please e-mail your application and supporting documents to Please ensure that the subject line reads: “2014 Humanitarian Futures Grant Programme”.  

- Deadline for applications: 1 May 2014.

At this time, applications will be accepted in English and French. Applications that do not conform to the format shown in the application package will not be considered.

For 2014, research projects should fall under one of the following (three) themes (please see the application package for more details):

  • Humanitarian Innovation
  • Humanitarian Effectiveness
  1. Different Response Systems
  2. Cultural Awareness and Perceptions
  • Risk and Vulnerability

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2014.

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

Ryan Burns (USA) – Evaluation Framework for DHN Deployments


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"