Small Grants 2020

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 grants round are now open

The aim of the small grants is to enable early career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research and/or fieldwork.

Applications focused on the thematic areas listed in RSTMH’s five-year strategy are encouraged. These are listed below: 

  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases
  • Drug resistant infections

We are also interested to see applications related to snakebite, mycetoma and other skin NTDs and other deep mycoses, co-morbidity and NCDs, coronavirus and emerging diseases. Email for further areas of interest. Read more about the areas of interests HERE.

The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT).


RSTMH has partnered with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research function of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to provide funding for up to 100 small grants for applicants from low and middle-income countries  as part of RSTMH’s 2020 Small Grants Programme. Read more here

RSTMH - ITI trachoma small grant

RSTMH has partnered with International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) to support trachoma research as part of our small grants programme. ITI are funding four selected small grants of up to £5,000.
Dr Paul Emerson, ITI Director said: "These grants will generate new knowledge of direct relevance to trachoma elimination and can also help launch the careers of the next generation of NTD warriors. The first opportunity is often the most important for junior researchers and we look forward to continuing this partnership."

If you have any questions about the process, please download our small grants Q&A

Download the full conditions for our 2020 small grants

To apply, please click here. Deadline for application is (including references) is 5pm GMT on 27 April 2020.

You can take a look at a list of previous awardees here.