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Virtual Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R)

Fogarty, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), and Wellcome Trust will host the virtual Global Forum on Humanitarian Health Research (GFH2R) in November 2021. The meeting, which is affiliated with the Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises project, will serve as a pilot to help determine if there is sufficient interest in a recurring event in the future.

About the Global Forum

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The Virtual 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 Global 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 accepted applications for:

  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 be selected based on geographic, disciplinary and experiential diversity to join the virtual event and participate in small group discussions and networking activities.

Application Process

Applications closed June 4, 2021

Archive: application submission via CRDF Global


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 applications 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 brief 2 to 3 page papers and PowerPoint presentations. 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.


Questions? Please email a.hunt@wellcome.org and GFH2R@mail.nih.gov.

Steering Committee

  • Yap Boum, MSF Epicentre
  • Abdi Dalmar, Somali Research and Development Institute (SORDI)
  • Shannon Doocy, Johns Hopkins University
  • Seydou Doumbia, University of Bamako
  • Fouad Fouad, American University of Beirut
  • Isabel Cristina Garcés Palacio, Universidad de Antioquia
  • Jill Jones, UK MRC
  • Montasser Kamal, IDRC
  • Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University
  • Adam Levine, Brown University
  • Amit Mistry, NIH Fogarty International Center
  • Veena Pillai, MSF/University of Malaya
  • Neelam Raina, Middlesex University
  • Sabina Faiz Rashid, BRAC University
  • Hadley Solomon, Save the Children
  • Carrie Teicher, MSF

Updated June 7, 2021