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ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges 2024

ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges 2024

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ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges 2024

The goal of the ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges is to support project-​based research between ETH Zurich researchers and EPFL researchers and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to leverage science and technology for a greater impact of humanitarian action.

Proposals need to address a clearly defined research question that has the objective of increasing the impact of humanitarian action. Humanitarian Action Challenges must develop, test, evaluate or implement an innovative product, policy or service – involving a technology that responds to a specific humanitarian challenge.

Grants for ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges

  • The Grants Sum 50 – 300 kCHF

Matching Funds: The main applicant and potential co-​applicants from the ETH domain (excluding EPFL) must provide matching funds corresponding to at least 25% of the requested grant. Matching funds can come from third-​parties or professorship reserves. Staff costs of doctoral students, post-​docs and research assistants in Switzerland that are not funded by the grant count as matching funds.

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The team must consist of at least one main applicant from ETH who holds a PhD, and at least one partner from the ICRC.

  • It is encouraged (but not mandatory) to have one partner from a low-​ or lower-​middle-income country, one from EPFL (which allows for a parallel external pagesubmission at EPFL) or a partner from another humanitarian organisation. Partners from the rest of the ETH Domain (PSI, WSL, Empa, and Eawag) are welcome to join as co-​applicants.
  • If the main applicant is not an ETH professor, a letter of commitment by the ETH host professor or head of the unit, indicating their financial contribution to the project, must accompany the proposal.

Application for ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges

  • Completed application form
  • Bibliography
  • Work packages and Milestones shown in a Gantt-​Chart.
  • Budget which must include matching funds.
  • Letter of support from the ICRC, showcasing long-​term commitment to the project and signed by both the ICRC project manager and the ICRC project sponsor (typically head of unit). The letter should clearly articulate the question to be addressed in the project, its relevance to the organization, and the contributions (staff time and/or financial, if applicable) the partner is willing to make to the project.
  • CV of all involved partners (max. 2 pages per person).

Please consult the Humanitarian Action Challenges Guidelines before applying.

All application documents must be written in English and must be submitted electronically (in one single PDF file) in the online form below.

Click here to apply 


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline21 March,2024
OrganizerETH Zurich
Contact the organizer+41 44 632 11 11



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