AHRC-DFID Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) have established a new Collaborative Humanitarian Research Programme to help tackle the protection of people in areas of war and conflict.

The Thematic Research Grants call launched under this initiative will support a portfolio of research projects 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.

Research approaches for this funding call led by AHRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, must be multi-disciplinary and include collaboration with non-academic practitioner organisations.

Proposals must address one of more of the following six key themes:

Impact of violations of international humanitarian law

Impact of protection programming

Impact of restraint

Impact of local protection mechanisms

Impact of recognition on protection

Impact of targeting.

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:

Middle East North Africa: Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Libya.

Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), Somalia, Nigeria, Chad and the Sahel region.

Asia: Afghanistan, Myanmar

However, applicants can make the case for studying other contexts, including contexts hosting large numbers of refugees that have fled conflict e.g. Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Bangladesh, Kenya, and recent conflict countries e.g. Lebanon, providing a compelling case is made for how study of these contexts will contribute to the goal of this research call.

Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, Researchers and Project Partners to this call can be from anywhere in the world. A requirement of the call is that at least one ODA eligible country research organisation must be included in the research team, either as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator(s).

Investigators with relevant expertise from all disciplines are encouraged to apply within the parameters of this call and do not need to fall within the disciplinary remit of the AHRC.

Proposals are invited for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) value of between £50,000 and £480,000 (or up to £580,000 if also applying for the additional Capacity Building funds element).

Projects must be between 18 to 24 months in duration, starting no earlier than 1 April 2020, and finishing no later than 30 June 2022.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 5 September 2019.

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