Small Grants 2020

Applications for the 2020 grants round are now closed.

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

The areas we hope to see some ideas for research into are:
  • Coronavirus and other emerging diseases – any studies that can help with preparedness, improved PPE for health workers, treatment, monitoring and evaluation, lessons learned
  • Our strategic priority areas
  • Snakebite, in particular around the role of traditional healers, education and community 
  • Mycetoma, other skin NTDs and other deep mycoses
  • Co-morbidities and health challenges for the elderly
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Chikungunya: mapping of countries that have been affected since 2005; burden estimation
  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis: estimation of prevalence; delineation of geographical distribution, access to treatment and outcomes; and exploration of psychological impact of disease; particularly in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya
  • Equity, gender and human rights issues in NTD control and elimination
  • Guinea-worm disease: vector control, use of innovative technologies to map stagnant water bodies in endemic areas, use of innovative technologies to apply temephos to stagnant water bodies in endemic areas, transmission dynamics in animals, particularly in dogs in Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali
  • Health system strengthening contributions of NTD programmes
  • Human African trypanosomiasis: socio-anthropological aspects, how to ensure good collaboration with local communities and their representatives, how to integrate programmes in resource limited settings
  • Reduction in costs of NTD surveys through the use of geo-statistical approaches
  • Visceral leishmaniasis: identifying the driver for cases in Nepal and Bangladesh


RSTMH has partnered with the Wellcome Trust to support Snakebite research as part of our 2020 Small Grants programme. Wellcome will be funding up to 10 selected small grants of up to £5,000. 

Dr Diogo Martins, Wellcome’s Policy & Advocacy Lead said: "We’re delighted to partner with the RSTMH for the Small Grants scheme for the first time in 2020. Snakebite research has received negligible investment over the years. We hope these grants will encourage early career researchers from diverse contexts and disciplines to tackle what is arguably the world’s biggest hidden health crisis. This will be a valuable complement to our recently launched programme and will help seeding the pipeline for the future leaders in Snakebite research."
** Upon funding, awardees would be subject to Wellcome’s terms and conditions.

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."

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

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about the process, please take a look here.

Read our full conditions for our 2020 Small Grants