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Announcement: Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R)

Friday, June 4, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Click HERE to submit an application.

Click HERE to review the full call for applications (scroll down to view translated versions and application forms).

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) November 15 - 18, 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.

About the Global Forum

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 4 June 2021 on the application submission page; case study presenters will submit proposals with their applications. Please do not include personally identifiable information and/or disclose special category data in your application or case study. 

Eligibility

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. The full call for applications is also available in Spanish, French, and Arabic. Please note the application itself is to be completed in English.

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. Consultations via phone or video call are available to all potential applicants and case study authors upon request before June 4.

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

Click HERE to submit an application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can teams apply to present a case study?

One member of a team may apply as a case study presenter and indicate in their application other team members or collaborators associated with the case study. Other team members or collaborators who would like to join the meeting should apply as general participants and indicate their connection to the case study presenter in their application. There is no guarantee that all team members will be accepted as participants as GFH2R aims to connect participants from different and diverse sectors, institutions, regions, and backgrounds within the field of humanitarian health research.

2. Can I apply to present a case study and as a general participant? 

Each individual may only complete one application. Applicants who apply as a case study presenter and are not selected to present at the November meeting will automatically be considered and reviewed as a general participant applicant.

3. How do I know if my proposed case study fits within the scope of the theme "Research in the Context of Concurrent Crises"?

Every case study application is unique, but each proposed case study should center on health research experiences in settings impacted by multiple crises, inclusive of natural disasters, armed conflict, forced displacement, and/or disease outbreaks. If you have questions about the suitability or content of your case study application, please email a.hunt@wellcome.org and GFH2R@mail.nih.gov. Consultations via phone or video call are available to all potential applicants upon request before the deadline for submissions on June 4.

4. Is there a defined format and length for case studies?

Yes, your case study should be 3 pages maximum and be structured as follows:

  • Title
  • Your name and the names of key collaborators
  • Description of the research project, including:
    • Research question explored
    • Public health challenge or disease studied
    • Importance of study
    • Source of funding support
  • Description of research context, including:
    • Location of study (if different from your own country of residence or citizenship, explain your connection to study location)
    • Description of the concurrent humanitarian crises affecting the study population
    • Relevant facts about the host country/community
  • Discussion of research issues. Refer to the theme description for questions that could be addressed in this section.
  • Conclusions and two recommendations for researchers

5. When will GFH2R take place?

GFH2R will be a completely virtual meeting and is tentatively planned for 3-4 days during the week of November 15, 2021. Each day will consist of 2-3-hour sessions, likely beginning around 9am EDT, though the details have not yet been finalized. 

6. What if English is not my first language? 

The call for applications has been translated into Spanish, French, and Arabic (see the attachments at the bottom of this page). However, applications must be submitted in English. Please also note that the forum is held in English and the expectation is that presenters present in English.

7. May researchers from high-income countries apply to participate? 

Priority will be given to applicants from LMICs and researchers who are living in the country or region affected by the concurrent crises, though applicants from high-income countries may apply. GFH2R is intended for early- to mid-career scientists or those who are new to humanitarian health research, though applications are welcome from all career and expertise levels. Applicants are not limited to academic researchers; staff from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector organizations are also encouraged to apply if their applications are focused on research.