Grant Partners 2023

We are delighted to announce our partners for the 2023 Early Career Grants Programme.

As in previous years, we are pleased that partners have provided support for our grants programme to enable us to fund as many early career researchers and professionals as possible.

We will continue to update this page as we announce our funding partners for 2023.



The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) will fund around 205 Early Career Grants in 2023, with UK International Development from the UK government.

We are pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, continuing our long-standing support of the Early Career Grants programme.

“Over the past four years, the programme has been instrumental in catalysing individual career pathways, giving early career researchers in low and middle income countries that essential “first grant” opportunity through which they can begin to develop their skills, experience and networks.  We are delighted to continue our support to researchers at this crucial stage and help develop the next generation of global health research leaders.”

Professor Kara Hanson, Programme Director for NIHR Global Health Research


The International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS) will be supporting one Early Career Grant in 2023, on the topic of scabies. 

We are delighted that this year IACS will be able to support an applicant through the RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme and continue to provide opportunities for emerging researchers to conduct research on scabies."

Michael Marks, Vice Chair IACS

Wellcome Trust

As part of a three-year partnership, Wellcome seeks to fund snakebite envenoming research in low- and middle-income countries.

Wellcome will be funding up to 10 awards in 2023. Successful awardees will be subject to Wellcome’s and RSTMH’s terms and conditions.

Global funding for snakebite remains limited and we have a long way to go if we are to meet the World Health Organization’s goal of halving death and disability from snakebite by 2030. An essential part of reaching this goal will be the research underpinning the best approaches to prevent and treat snakebite in different contexts. As we reach the midpoint of our 7-year snakebite programme at Wellcome, we believe it has never been more important to help sustain the pipeline of diverse and talented researchers who will lead efforts to address snakebite in the years to come. We were pleased to see RSTMH's 2023-2028 Strategy aims to improve research skills and deliver impact-driven work in low resource settings, and look forward to continuing our work together in 2023 to help achieve this. 
"So far we have funded 30 Early Career Grant Awards in partnership with RSTMH. Not only have these research projects helped to deliver new insights to address snakebite, but we are already seeing award holders building on these awards and progressing to new positions and research projects. We are proud to enter what marks our fourth year of partnership with RSTMH, and we hope these exciting opportunities will help research careers take off so that we can continue to tackle the global burden of snakebite."

George Phillips

Senior Research Manager, Snakebite, Wellcome Trust

International Trachoma Initiative (ITI)

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) will will be supporting three Early Career Grants in 2023, on the topic of trachoma.

Gaining research experience is critical for young public health professionals to establish their careers; however, finding such opportunities can be a barrier to entry into the field. The RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme provides an incredible platform for emerging researchers and public health practitioners to gain this valuable experience and ITI is proud to be a sponsor and partner in this work."

Dr Paul Emerson, Director of the International Trachoma Initiative.