Humanitarian Innovation Fund-elrha: Inviting Applications to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

Donor Name: Humanitarian Innovation Fund-elrha
Fund name: Humanitarian Innovation Fund-elrha fund

Funding brief: The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. The organization’s grant making is based on five stages in innovation:
● Recognition
● Invention
● Development
● Implementation
● Diffusion

a) Recognition: This means the recognition of a specific problem, challenge, or opportunity to be seized, in relation to the provision of humanitarian aid.Recognizing the problem is the first step in the innovation process.
● 
Can you see that there’s a problem but you’re not sure how to fix it?
● To successfully innovate and find a better solution you must first understand the problem you’re seeking to solve.
● Are you an aid worker in a humanitarian setting that can see a process isn’t efficient, or a product not adequate, but need support to research this further?
● Or, do you have a bright idea for inventing a device or process that could improve the quality and speed in which aid is delivered but need support to delve deeper and consult with relevant stakeholders?

This is what our recognition grants are all about. Projects funded at this phase involve generating meaningful insights to inform the invention of potential solutions.

Types of recognition projects that fund:The recognition phase is likely to include, but not exclusively, research, reviews and other studies that:
● Learn from the community that is directly affected by the problem
● Explore a problem from different and relevant perspectives
● Identify new areas of opportunity for innovation
● Review existing evidence about what works and what doesn’t
● Explore the potential of adapting existing technology for new humanitarian purposes
● Sharing the information gathered in a way others can easily understand

Have you got another idea that doesn’t quite fit with this? Email the HIF team with a one paragraph summary of your idea and they’ll get back to.
b) Invention: Invention of a creative solution, or novel idea, which addresses a problem, challenge or opportunity. At this stage, you should be looking to combine analysis, discussion and, most importantly, creativity to generate ideas or harness new technologies

Types of invention projects that fund:The invention phase could focus on but is not limited to:
● Creatively exploring options for different ideas
● Getting feedback from a wide group of people about your initial idea
● Discussing the solution with potential user community to see what they think
● Developing a storyboard to help others visualize your solution
● Determining which ideas are worth developing into prototypes to test
● Building quick and easy prototypes to test out ideas
● Combining different ideas to create one unified solution

c) Development: By Development they mean testing out the idea/prototype, getting feedback from a wide range of people, and improving the innovation so that it’s ready to be tested in a humanitarian setting.
Development and implementation are two stages that are strongly interlinked in the innovation process where fluidity is key to create wider impact. But we see development as a preliminary stage involving initial testing in the field as opposed to implementation which is a more mature phase involving refinements for wider testing and scale readiness.

Types of development projects that fund:
● Testing ideas that have demonstrated success at a small scale
● Testing methods and business models
● Testing social impact and cost-effectiveness
● Making operational refinements
● Examples of Development projects

d) Implementation: By Implementation they mean rigorous experimental trials and the collection of data to build evidence that the idea really works in practice.
Development and implementation are two stages that are strongly interlinked in the innovation process where fluidity is key to create wider impact. But we see development as a preliminary stage involving initial testing in the field as opposed to implementation which is a more mature phase involving refinements for wider testing and scale readiness.

Types of implementation projects that fund:
● Testing and validating methods and business models
● Testing and validating social impact and cost-effectiveness
● Making operational refinements
● Building paths to sustainability and scale

e) Diffusion: This means the diffusion and extended outreach of successful innovations – taking them to scale and leading to wider adoptions outside the original setting. This might mean scaling within a large organisation, or transferring knowledge to other actors. This will likely see the original innovation continually developed and refined.

Deadline:
● 
Recognition: Year round
● Invention: Year round
● Development: Over
First stage: Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted via our online grant management system by 2 December 2016. Initial screening will be carried out within the first 2 weeks after the EoI deadline. Second stage: Successful applications at this phase will then be invited to submit a full proposal. If invited to submit full project proposals, applicants will have from 16 December 2016 – 24 January 2017 to submit.
● Implementation: Over
First stage: Expressions of Interest (EoI) must be submitted via our online grant management system by 2 December 2016. Second stage: Successful applications at this phase will then be invited to submit a full proposal. If invited to submit full project proposals, applicants have between 16 December 2016 – 24 January 2017 to submit.
● Diffusion: Not Found

Funding details link:
● 
Core Grants: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/
● Recognition: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/recognition-humanitarian-funding/
● Invention: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/invention-2-humanitarian-funding/
● Development: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/development-humanitarian-funding/
● Implementation: http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DIP-doc.pdf/
● Diffusion: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/diffusion-humanitarian-funding/

Budget limit:
● 
Recognition: A grant up to £50,000
● Invention: A grant up to £50,000
● Development: £75,000 to £150,000
● Implementation: A grant from £75,000 to £150,000
● Diffusion: A grant up to £50,000

Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Not Found
Eligible organization: As below
Eligibility:
● 
Recognition, Invention, Development and Implementation:
1) Humanitarian: The aim of your project must be to improve humanitarian practice. Guided by the Global Humanitarian Assistance’s definition we see “Humanitarian aid” as aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies. We do not accept applications for projects that are to be applied in wider development contexts.
2) Innovation: The aim of your project must be an innovation: creating and implementing a new or improved technology, product or process. The innovation must contribute to improving the relevance, appropriateness, coverage, efficiency or effectiveness of humanitarian aid relative to existing practices.
3) Field Experience: We welcome applications from all sectors. However, at least one of the partner organizations must be able to demonstrate experience working in humanitarian response. This is to ensure that the innovation is embedded in the humanitarian context and to improve the chances of systemic impact.

While it is possible for a single organization to make an application to the HIF, we strongly encourage consortia applications that bring together a range of actors and draw on a relevant diversity of knowledge, experience and expertise.

Lead applicants can be a:
● Non-profit institution such as a non-governmental organization
● Public or governmental institution
● Academic or research institution
● Private company. NOTE: Private companies must be partnered with one of the above.

The lead applicant must:
● Have legal status and be registered in the country(s) in which the project will be carried out.
● Not act as an intermediary but be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of the project proposed.
● Present signed audited financial statements and reports.

While it is possible for a single organization to make an application to the HIF, we strongly encourage   consortia applications that bring together a range of actors.

Consortia Requirements: Consortia must be able to demonstrate through their members:
● Relevant operational experience of humanitarian programming.
● Experience in the area of research and development.
● Understanding and ability to adhere to International Humanitarian Principles. and the Code  of
● Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in
Disaster Relief.

The HIF encourages financial or in kind contributions from all applicants towards their project.
● Diffusion: Diffusion grants are only open to organisations for projects that have previously received a HIF core grant.

Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
Recognition:
● Application Process & Guidance: http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ESI-guidelines-new-brand.pdf

● Invention:http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ESI-guidelines-new-brand.pdf
● Development: http://www.elrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DIP-doc.pdf
● Implementation: http://www.elrha.org/hif/funding/core-grants/implementation-humanitarian-funding/
● Diffusion: N/A

● Humanitarian Ethics in Disaster and War, IFRC, 2003: http://www.ifrc.org/publicat/wdr2003/chapter1.asp
● Ethics in disaster response –IFRC: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/ethics.asp
● Health and Human Rights Info thematic page: http://www.hhri.org/thematic/ethics.html
● Ethics of conducting research in conflict settings. Conflict and Health,2009 : http://www.conflictandhealth.com/content/3/1/7

How to apply:  Applications can only be made using online application platform.

New Applicants: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=20971&refProgId=395&refProgType=all

Previous Applicants: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=20971&refProgId=395&refProgType=all

 

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