Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance under the Humanitarian Innovation Fund invites applications for its invention projects grants. These support organizations and individuals who are developing a creative solution or novel idea, which helps address a problem or seize an opportunity in the delivery of effective humanitarian aid. Projects may be any innovation that improves humanitarian practice.


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


Single entities or consortia based anywhere may apply. At least one of the partner organizations must be able to demonstrate experience working in humanitarian response. There is no geographic restriction for the projects.

Funding Available

  • Maximum amount: £50,000

Helpful Links


Full Application:
CURO Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
Full application submission to sponsor No deadline

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.