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AHRC-DFID Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme – Thematic Research Grants call

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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 our time: the protection of people in areas of war and conflict. With the World Bank predicting that nearly half (46%) of the world’s poor will live in fragile and conflict affected states by 2030, the AHRC and DFID are working in partnership to fund world-class research into humanitarian protection of people affected by 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. Research consortia must also involve partners based in official development assistance eligible countries as defined by OECD DAC. For full details of the requirements please see the call guidance document below.

There are six key research themes identified for this call: 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, and proposals must address one of more of these key themes. Specific regions around the world have also been prioritised for this call, selected on the basis of high intensities of conflict recorded and live conflict-related humanitarian appeals in 2018.  More detailed information about the key themes and prioritised regions can be found in the call guidance document.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 05/09/2019

The deadline for receiving applications is 16:00 (UK time) on 5 September 2019.

How to make an application

All proposals for the AHRC-DFID Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme – Thematic Research Grants call must be submitted through the Je-S system by 5 September 2019, 16:00.

For detailed information see the Call Guidance document.

Further Information

To learn more about this call's aims and eligibility, read our Q&A with AHRC's Kristine Zaidi (PDF, 43KB).

  • 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
  • Project earliest start date: 1 April 2020
  • Project latest end date: 30 June 2022
  • Eligibility (individual): Researchers from any recognised research organisation in any country are eligible as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator
  • Eligibility (institutional): 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
  • Research Focus: 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. See call document for full details.
  • 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

AHRC-DFID Je-S Self-Registration Guidance Document (PDF)

AHRC-DFID Call Guidance Document (PDF)

An information webinar took place on 29 July 2019. Please see the webinar slides (PDF, 591KB)


For queries about this call such as eligible activities and costs or remit of the call please contact AHRC at enquiries@ahrc.ukri.org or telephone: 01793 416060 (available Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30)

For queries on using Je-S, such as creating and submitting the application form or Je-S account creation, please contact the Je-S Helpdesk on 01793 444164 or JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org (available Monday to Thursday 08:30-17:00 and Fridays 08:30-16:30 UK time, excluding bank holidays and other holidays).

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