Call For Large Grants 2012 - Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Posted by Shofi Fida Sunday, March 25, 2012 0 comments
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is pleased to announce its third call for large grant proposals. The Fund’s large grant facility, which provides grants from £75,000 for the development, implementation and testing of an innovation, will be open until the22nd April 2012.
The Fund was established a year ago by ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) and ALNAP (The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action) to support organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.
There was an exceptional response to the first two calls held last year. The Fund received more than 340 applications from a wide range of organisations including NGOs (international and local), universities, academic and research institutes, United Nations agencies and programmes, and from the Red Cross/Red Crescent.
To date, eight projects have been awarded large grants and are well underway introducing innovative solutions to long standing challenges in delivering humanitarian aid. For example, our Integrating Local Media and ICTs into Humanitarian Response in CARproject, managed by Internews, was awarded a large grant to create a reliable and sustainable system that will allow local media to gather, in real time, first-hand information from populations and channel it to the humanitarian sector, while at the same time, establishing a two-way communication flow with local communities.
Nicolas Kröger, Manager of the HIF, said:“The competition for our grants is strong, but we are always open to fresh thinking and ‘outside of the box’ ideas. To be successful in the large grant competition an innovation must be ready to be developed and tested in an operational context and be able to demonstrate its potential to transform the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian action.”
The HIF intends to fund 4 - 5 large grant projects in this latest call. The Fund also hosts a small grant facility, which is permanently open for proposals up to £20,000 for the recognition, invention and dissemination of an innovation. 

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