Rights for Time Funding Call – Proposals into humanitarian protection

The Rights for Time Research Network is calling for proposals to support and explore learning about humanitarian protection in societies that have been affected by violence and trauma.

Rights for Time <span>Funding</span> Call – Proposals into humanitarian protection

We welcome proposals that explore how communities set their own agendas for engaging with the past and present to build more hopeful and secure futures, including through social movements, resistance, and creativity.

Our funding is for projects based in low and middle-income countries on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee’s List of Overseas Development Assistance Recipients.

Opening Date: July 1st, 2022

Deadline for proposals: September 15th, 2022

Maximum Budget: £25,000 GBP

Project timelines: Maximum 9 months, starting January 2023


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  • Grants of up to £25,000

  • Starting January 2023 for up to 9 months

  • For researchers, artists, writers, NGOs, and/or cultural organisations

  • To be awarded to applicants in low and middle income countries (Palestine, Kenya, Rwanda, Lebanon, etc: to see if you qualify check the ODA DAC list)

  • For projects that complicate and re-think the timescales/timelines of humanitarian intervention (for example looking at trauma, repeated cycles of conflict, layered legacies of exclusion)

  • Host organisations must be able to support research (more below)

DEADLINE: September 15th, 2022


Rights for Time is an international research network funded by the AHRC in the UK. We work to illuminate the complex time frames of violence and trauma, in an effort to re-think current approaches to ‘protection’. Too often humanitarian interventions are time-limited or understand a problem in terms that are too narrow to have lasting impact. Working with community stakeholders, NGOs, universities and government, we hope to encourage partners to consider the role of time in their work and expand their frames of reference. So far, the network has convened the following case studies:

  • A mental health programme designed for ongoing contexts of harm in Gaza city

  • A photography workshop & exhibition with a historically marginalised community in rural Rwanda

  • A study of how to collect better evidence in Kenya to support survivors of sexual violence

  • An exploration of the literary concept of the ‘refugee’ and its many meanings in Jordan

  • And a review of policy in Lebanon as an archive of crisis response.

The network is now looking to fund further work exploring time and humanitarian intervention.

What do we want to fund?

We will fund around ten projects. We encourage creative submissions from the countries we currently work in and any other ODA context. The projects should generate a better understanding of time, harm and humanitarian protection.  – how we can promote and ensure the rights of people in challenging situations.

Each proposal should:

  • Identify the specific problem being addressed (policy, mental health, education, etc)

  • Develop a key question or questions that will be answered through the project

  • Situate the work within a its context (make clear why it is important, what other work has or has not been done, why your approach is important)

  • Explain how your project can generate solutions to the problem of ‘crisis’ time and intervention approaches

Projects can involve multiple methods. These might include interviews, focus groups, creating art works together, questionnaires, participant observation, close reading, or textual analysis.

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