The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is currently seeking applications for its 2020 small grants program.

The purpose 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, either as stand-alone projects or distinct elements within a larger project. They are ideally for those who have not received funding in their own name before.

Funding Information

  • The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT).
  • One or more of their successful grant winners may be funded or part-funded by one of the specific funds listed below. If this is the case, RSTMH may asks you to participate in separate award activities.
    • Sir Leonard Rogers Fund
    • Denis Burkitt Fellowship Fund
    • Garnham Fund.
    • Centenary fellowship Appeal Fund.

The project should start no earlier than four months after the closing date for applications. It should be completed within a year of receiving funding from them. Please indicate on the application form if you expect the project to finish after this time.

Thematic Priorities

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.

RSTMH is 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants for a small grant can be based anywhere in the world and can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Be early in their career. Guidance for this is below, RSTMH does not define this in terms of years of work or study;
    • Have a clear research plan for which they are seeking support;
    • Ideally be employed by, or affiliated to an organisation, though they will consider applications from those not affiliated or employed;
    • Demonstrate limited alternative sources of funding;
    • Have access to adequate supervision;
    • Have the appropriate insurance to carry out the research;
    • Hold a registered bank account, ideally not using a third party;
    • Be a RSTMH member. Applications can be submitted from non-members but, if successful, winners must join RSTMH before funding will be supplied;
    • Have not received a RSTMH small grant in the last two years;
    • Submit only one application for a small grant per year;
    • Grants awarded cannot be transferred to other individuals or institutions;
    • Be able to start the project within 4 months of receiving the award;
    • Agree to non-personal information about their application being used for marketing and analysis by RSTMH, their volunteers and relevant partners.

For more information, visit RSTMH.

Name of the Organisation
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Grant Amount
Pounds 5,000
Closing date of Proposal
Wednesday, 15 April, 2020
RFP Email
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