Monday, 8 August 2011

HIF call for proposals for small grants

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), created through a partnership between ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and ALNAP (The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action), represents a collective effort to enhance the contribution of innovation to improving operational humanitarian performance at the field level.
The fund supports organizations working in countries struck by humanitarian crises, such as Haiti or Pakistan, to develop, test and share new technologies and processes that will make humanitarian aid more effective and cost-efficient in the future.

Small Grant Facility Call for Proposals

HIF has issued a call for proposals for the small grant facility for projects up to £20,000 aimed at making humanitarian aid more effective and cost efficient.

Small grants will be allocated to projects with an implementation period of up to 6 months. These grants will principally support the recognition, invention and dissemination of an innovation (stages 1, 2 and 5).


        Enabling and supporting humanitarian innovators to move creative ideas through the innovation process;

        Supporting them in building new partnerships with key actors;

        Enabling the lessons from grant funded projects and from analysis of innovation processes in humanitarian contexts to be disseminated more widely;

        Strengthening existing relationships between humanitarian agencies, academics and those in the private sector engaged in innovation processes.

What type of projects will be funded?

The HIF will fund innovations that are at any of the 5 stages of the innovation process (1-recognition, 2-invention, 3-development, 4-implementation and 5-diffusion) and that will contribute to improving the relevance, appropriateness, coverage, efficiency and / or effectiveness of humanitarian aid relative to existing practices

What types of humanitarian interventions are targeted by the HIF?

The definition used for humanitarian aid is taken from Global Humanitarian Assistance. This excludes any long term development assistance. The definition provides some useful examples of traditional responses to humanitarian crises:

        material relief assistance and services (shelter, water, medicines etc.);

        emergency food aid (short-term distribution and supplementary feeding programmes);

        relief coordination, protection and support services (coordination, logistics and communications).

        reconstruction relief and rehabilitation (repairing pre-existing infrastructure as opposed to longer-term activities designed to improve the level of infrastructure)

        disaster prevention and preparedness (disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, contingency stocks and planning).

There is no geographic restriction as to the project location. However that the HIF will only support innovation in a humanitarian response setting as per the definition provided by the Global Humanitarian Assistance.

Last date for submission of proposals is February 12, 2012.

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