Ebola Health Research Call

Press Release | ELRHA, Wellcome Trust, UK Department for International Development (DFID) | August 21, 2014

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already claimed the lives of over 1000 people. Under-resourced health systems are struggling to cope, and the WHO recently declared the situation an international health emergency. In light of this, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Wellcome Trust, and ELRHA have opened a special funding window through the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme.

Funding available

Funding is being made available through the existing £6.5 million R2HC programme. The size and number of grants to be awarded will depend on the number of high-quality applications received that are within the scope of the call. A wide range of applications will be considered in terms of the amount of funds requested.


The aim is both to produce robust research findings that could contribute to the effectiveness of the response to the current outbreak, and help to draw lessons for future outbreaks of Ebola and other communicable diseases.

Scope and eligibility

Research proposals must aim to strengthen the evidence base on how to improve public health outcomes following Ebola outbreaks.

Relevant research areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Clinical Management
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease control and prevention
  • Ethics
  • Health systems
  • Social mobilisation
  • Surveillance
  • Treatment

We do not expect to fund laboratory or pathogenesis research under this call.

Call guidelines

Please click here to read the full call guidelines.

How to Apply

Given the urgency of this situation, qualified researchers are invited to submit a preliminary Expression of Interest application to ELRHA by 11am BST on 8 September 2014. Potential applicants unable to meet this deadline should contact ELRHA directly via the email address below.

If you have submitted an Expression of Interest before to one of R2HC's Calls, please click here to apply.

If you are new to R2HC and our online grant application platform, please register here.

After appropriately qualified research teams have been selected in the first stage, they will be invited to develop a more detailed research proposal.


For more information about the Call please email ELRHA's R2HC team: [email protected]