SVRI Grant: Funding innovation in violence prevention




The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. The costs of gender-based violence (GBV) are substantial. Violence against women and girls impedes their full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality broadly. 

In 2014, we established the SVRI Grant to increase the evidence base for the primary prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence (IPV) in low- and middle-income countries.

We awarded nine grants between 2014 and 2015. Following this Grant’s success, we partnered with the World Bank Group in 2016 to create the SVRI and World Bank Development Marketplace Awards.

Researchers from low- and middle-income countries submit proposals to access funds of between $40 000 and $100 000 over a two-year period to undertake research to advance our understanding of prevention. A call for proposals is sent out each year via SVRI listserv, our website, Facebook and Twitter. No unsolicited proposals are accepted. 

Projects that have been funded to date cover a wide range of topics, including education, parenting interventions, the intersections of violence against women and children, cash transfers, sexual harassment and public transport, and violence and mental health.


Adhere to international safety and ethical guidelines                 

 Engage the community that is being researched, where relevant

Focus on low- and middle income settings

Challenge gender hierarchies and promote gender equity 

Be conceptualized within a human rights framework

 Inform policies, programmes and services

Strive to be cross-sectoral and  multidisciplinary   

Serve to strengthen access to comprehensive care and support for survivors and prevention of violence against women and children

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“This unique award has an incredibly important role in cultivating innovation in violence prevention. Please keep offering this mechanism to keep the field moving!” – Grantee