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Call for Applications: The Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R)

Application Deadline: May 28th 2021

The Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Wellcome Trust will host a Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) in November 2021. The meeting will be held virtually and serve as a pilot to help determine if there is sufficient interest in a recurring event in the future.

The Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) seeks to bring researchers and humanitarian organizations (including NGOs, local policymakers, and international agencies) together to share experiences and promote collaboration around health research in humanitarian settings. The meeting will be built around case study presentations by researchers from regions of the world affected by humanitarian crises. The forum prioritizes the participation of researchers from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), encourages networking and mentoring, and creates a venue for open and inclusive discussions.

The theme is Research in the Context of Concurrent Crises. Accordingly, the meeting will feature case studies describing health research experiences from settings beset with multiple, concurrent humanitarian crises. Case studies may describe health-related research in any type of humanitarian crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as more than one crisis affects the study population.

Apply to Participate

The Global Forum is seeking two types of participants for the meeting

  1. Case study presenters will present case studies of their research experiences during the forum and receive informal mentoring prior to the forum.
  2. General participants will also be selected based on the geographic, disciplinary, and experiential diversity, to join the virtual event and participate in small group discussions and networking activities.

Interested applicants should review the information below and submit an application no later than 28 May 2021 on the application submission page; case study presenters will submit proposals with their applications.


This call is open to global health researchers from any country. Priority will be given to applicants from LMICs and researchers who are living in countries or regions affected by concurrent crises, though applicants from high-income countries may apply. The meeting is intended for early- to mid-career scientists or those who are new to humanitarian health research, though applicants are welcome from all career and expertise levels. Applicants are not limited to academic researchers. Staff from government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector organizations are encouraged to apply if their applications are focused on research.

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and selections will be made based on the specific selection criteria outlined in the call for applications. Selected case study presenters will be paired with a Steering Committee member to receive informal mentorship and to help them develop their applications into a brief paper (2-3 pages) and a PowerPoint presentation. During the meeting in November, case study presenters will share their presentations and discuss cross-cutting issues. The meeting will also feature keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

Please see the full call for applications for background on GFH2R and the meeting theme. The call contains details on what you will need to submit in your application and describes how proposed case studies should be structured and the themes your case study could address. 

If you are unsure about the suitability of a case study application or would like to discuss your proposed case study further, please email a.hunt@wellcome.org and GFH2R@mail.nih.gov.

For technical questions regarding the application submission process, please email kgilbertson@crdfglobal.org.

Official Website: Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R)



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