Whilst there are a range of sludge treatments currently in use in outbreak settings, there is no go-to tried and tested pathogen-specific guidance for on-site treatment of sludge containing the pathogens posing the biggest risks, such as cholera, Ebola, Hepatitis E (Grange, 2016).
Studies to date have tended to be small scale with limited geographical scope, indicating different estimates for pathogen survival times (Fischer, 2015; Sozzi et al, 2015).
Disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings add another layer of complexity, as they can be rapid onset, often in remote areas with few resources. Often, on-site treatment solutions are implemented by external actors for the duration of the outbreak, but not sustained after the outbreak is over as local staff are not supported with training or the resources to manage them.
We encourage projects to consider how they can offer the best value for money, and would need applications to be exceptional to justify going to the upper end of the indicated scale.
Budgets should ideally be in the range of 50,000 to 250,000 GBP per project.
Each project is expected to last between 12 and 19 months; all projects must be completed by 31 October 2022 without the possibility of extension.
Applicants are not expected to have confirmed partnerships in place for the Expression of Interest stage, but will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate partnerships by the Full Proposal stage.
Utilize This Offer
For this Challenge, we are particularly interested in innovations targeting health clinics or treatment centres (either urban or rural), but we are open to other densely populated settings as well.
We do not accept applications for projects set in densely populated but stable/non-humanitarian contexts.
Who can apply?
1. We welcome applications from any legally registered entity (eg, INGO, NGO, UN, academic, private company); 2. Applications must include at least one operational humanitarian partner and one academic/research institution;
3. At least one project partner must be from the country(s) or region(s) where your project will take place. This could be either the operational humanitarian partner, the academic partner or an additional partner.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is 12 October 2020 (23:59 BST – check what this is in your timezone).
For more information please visit https://www.elrha.org/funding-opportunity/innovation-challenge-faecal-sl...