Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)


Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2) Research and Training Seed Grant Program

HI2 Research and Training Seed Grants are designed to help fund innovation-driven approachhes to increasing the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, humanitarianresponse, and post-emergency reconstruction. Preferences will be given to proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and practitioners. The application deadline is November 1, 2019. 

Create a NeedsList for Your Organization

HI² is now a vetting partner for NeedsList, a real-time, all-in-one platform that allows you to list, promote, track and manage your organization’s supply, volunteer and financial needs. NeedsList provides concrete and tangible ways for individual and corporate donors to identify how to meet needs for communities in crisis. Whenever possible, we work with local suppliers and provide an e-commerce "storefront" so users can purchase items directly through our platform. This, of course, depends somewhat on where NGOs are located and we are building out our supplier base as we go. Right now we have several tech companies looking for concrete volunteer opportunities for their employees (both remote and in person) so please feel free to think broadly -- it's great when there's a really big range of needs on your lists. We're learning and iterating alongside our NGO partners as we go and are planning to build in better functionality to streamline the process of creating lists, texting in needs from the field and all kinds of other fun stuff! 

For more information on getting a NeedsList up and running for your organization, please contact Seth Stulen (seth_stulen@brown.edu)