Science and Technology for Humanitarian Action Challenges


Event details

Date 06.02.2023  
Category Call for proposal
Event Language French, English
Call 3 launched with a deadline for applications on 6 February 2023 (17:00 CEST)
The challenges faced by humanitarian organizations in general and by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in particular are immense. In 2022, according to UNHCR, more than 100 million people were displaced because of conflict and insecurity, a number not reached since WWII. Extreme climate events, such as floods, storms and droughts, are on the rise, thereby increasing the vulnerability of people already suffering from conflict1. The COVID19 pandemic further jeopardized the hard-fought gains in access to healthcare and poverty reduction of the past decades.
The goal of the Science and Technology for Humanitarian Action Challenges is to support project-based research between EPFL researchers, ETH Zurich researchers, and the ICRC to develop effective solutions for a greater impact of humanitarian action.

Eligibility and scope
A Humanitarian Action Challenge must be a clearly defined research question designed to increase the impact of humanitarian action or to enable humanitarian actors to address new and emerging challenges, in line with the current or future work of the ICRC. The projects must be intended to develop, test, evaluate, or implement an innovative product, service, or policy, which involves a technology (as part of the research or the solution).

The main eligibility criteria are:
  • The team must consist of at least one main applicant from EPFL, who holds a PhD, and at least one partner from the ICRC.
  • In addition, the team is encouraged to have one partner from ETH Zurich and at least one partner from a low- or lower-middle-income country. Institutions from the rest of the ETH Domain (PSI, WSL, Empa, and Eawag) are welcome to join as co-applicants, and other institutions as partners.
  • If the main applicant is not a professor or a financially independent senior scientist (MER) or financially independent adjunct professor (professeur titulaire), the application must include a letter of commitment from the host professor or the head of unit.
  • Funding is available for 6-month to 24-month projects. The granted amounts will be between CHF 50’000 and CHF 300’000.
  • Funding covers the project costs of the EPFL main applicant and of potential co-applicants from the ETH domain (excluding ETH Zurich, for which funding must be requested through the ETH Zurich call for proposals).
  • Applicants (including potential co-applicants) must provide 25% of the requested amount as matching funds.
Further information

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free