ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges (HAC) Grants 2024(Up to 50-300 KCHF) – APPLY NOW

The ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges aim to facilitate project-based collaboration between researchers from ETH Zurich and EPFL, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to harness science and technology to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian efforts.

ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges (HAC) Grants 2024
ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges (HAC) Grants 2024

Proposals must focus on a well-defined research question aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of humanitarian action. Humanitarian Action Challenges should aim to create, test, assess, or put into practice an original product, policy, or service, with the involvement of a technology that addresses a particular humanitarian issue.


The grant amount ranges from 50,000 to 300,000 KCHF.

Matching Funds: The primary applicant and potential co-applicants from the ETH domain (excluding EPFL) are required to provide matching funds equivalent to at least 25% of the requested grant. Matching funds can be sourced 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 are considered as matching funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The team should include at least one primary applicant from ETH with a PhD, and at least one partner from the ICRC.
  • It is recommended (but not obligatory) to have a partner from a low-​ or lower-middle-income country, one from EPFL (which allows for a parallel external submission at EPFL) or a partner from another humanitarian organization. Partners from the rest of the ETH Domain (PSI, WSL, Empa, and Eawag) are welcome to participate as co-applicants.
  • If the primary applicant is not a professor at ETH, the proposal must be accompanied by a letter of commitment from the ETH host professor or unit head, confirming their financial support for the project.

Application Process Documents And Required Documents

To be a participant of this challenge, you must provide the following documents:

  • Completed Application form
  • Bibliography
  • Present work packages and milestones within a Gantt chart.
  • Provide a budget that includes matching funds.
  • Obtain a letter of support from the ICRC, demonstrating a long-term commitment to the project. And signed by both the ICRC project manager and the ICRC project sponsor. The letter should clearly articulate the project’s question, its relevance to the organization. And the contribution (staff time and/or financial, if applicable) the partner is willing to make to the project.
  • Submit CVs of all involved partners (max. 2 pages per person).

Please refer to the Humanitarian Action Challenges Guidelines before submitting your application.

Ensure that all application documents are written in English. And are submitted electronically (in one single PDF file) via the online form.

To send in your application, please click on this link.

For more details on the Grant, visit ETH4D Humanitarian Action Challenges (HAC) Grant’s official website.

Application Deadline

March 21, 2024.



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