We at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), through our Knowledge for Action to End Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children research grant, support research to improve prevention and response to VAW, VAC and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries – a major public health concern and human rights violation.


The types of projects that may be supported under this grant include: 

  • Research projects that are either standalone projects or a component of a larger project that will guide efforts to effectively address or prevent VAW and VAC. 
  • Qualitative studies that explore the effectiveness and process of creating change with innovative VAW and VAC prevention interventions or the acceptability, impact, and process of change created by interventions that support and assist survivors of VAW and VAC. 
  • Projects that seek to address VAW and VAC prevention and response together or simultaneously or in one intervention with distinct elements. 
  • Projects that work to understand how to integrate VAW and/or or VAC programming into other sectoral work, for instance, large infrastructure development programmes.

Types  of  eligible   projects:

  • Those that develop innovative methods and tools for VAW and/or VAC research. 
  • Those that evaluate how to effectively expand tested VAW and VAC prevention and response interventions. 
  • Secondary analysis of existing data that will provide insights into addressing VAW and VAC more effectively and sustainably. 
  • Research on violence across diverse populations in situations of vulnerability, including persons with disabilities, people living with HIV, older persons, indigenous peoples, LGBTQI, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. 
  • Research on the impact of Covid–19 on VAW and the VAW / VAC intersections, including: conducting research and programming during times of widespread instability and anxiety; ethical and safe use of remote data collection; support services for survivors under restrictive regulatory environments.

Guiding Principles

Projects supported by the SVRI Research Grant should: 

  • Apply feminist and women-centred research and partnerships. 
  • Be conceptualised within a human rights framework. 
  • Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines. 
  • Strive for innovation in ideas, new methodologies and partnerships, while building on evidence. 
  • Strive to be collaborative, crosssectoral and multi-disciplinary. 
  • Promote equitable participation and bring to the field diverse voices from low and middleincome countries (researchers, survivors, marginalised groups). 
  • Where relevant and appropriate, endeavor to engage the community where the research will take place.
  • Challenge the gender hierarchy that contributes to VAW and VAC in order to promote gender equality.
  • Inform policy, programmes and services and strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors.

Applications for support under this award should:

  • Be affiliated with a recognised, legally constituted research institution or organisation with existing research or programming capacity on VAW and VAC. Grants will only be made to institutions and not to individuals. 
  • Where appropriate, involve partnerships between multiple organisations, for example, a local NGO, practice based agency and an academic institution, or local government and an NGO or an academic institution. Preference will be given to academic/researcher – practitioner partnerships. The partnership arrangement must be clearly outlined and reflected in the proposal and budget allocation.
  • Preference will be given to proposals submitted and led by organisations based in LMICs. 
  • Where appropriate, have as an objective strengthening the research capacity of the implementing agency.
How to Apply

For more information, visit SVRI.