Grant partners 2021

We are delighted to announce our partners for the 2021 Small Grants Programme. 

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

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) seeks to fund high-quality global health research that directly addresses the diverse health needs of people in low- and middle-income countries.

Through RSTMH, NIHR aims to support early career researchers in LMICs to undertake scientific research or fieldwork in tropical medicine or global health. NIHR will be funding up to 90 awards.

Successful awardees will be subject to NIHR’s and RSTMH’s terms and conditions.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome seeks to fund snakebite envenoming research in low- and middle-income countries.

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

“We are glad to renew our commitment to strengthening research capacity for Snakebites in partnership with the 2021 RSTMH Small Grants Programme. Our motivation is to build a diverse and proactive network of early career researchers worldwide who can drive the future of Snakebites forward.”

Dr Diogo Martins, Policy & Advocacy Lead, Wellcome Trust

International Trachoma Initiative

The International Trachoma Initiative will be funding up to six awards on trachoma research. In honour of Professor Allen Foster, successful applicants will be acknowledged as Allen Foster Early Career Research Fellows.

“The International Trachoma Initiative is proud to support the Society by providing funding for early career research fellows in trachoma in honour of former Trachoma Expert Committee chair, Professor Allen Foster.

"Allen fervently maintains that the best way to encourage the next generation of young professionals into a career in public health in developing countries is empathy with those at risk, and that the best way to cultivate empathy is early hands-on exposure. Allen has been instrumental in helping many junior professionals acquire these fundamental experiences and we will continue this tradition in his name.”

Paul Emerson, Director, International Trachoma Initiative


CIFF seeks to fund research grants to African researchers who will carry out their research in Africa. CIFF will be funding up to 14 awards.

RSTMH and CIFF grants

“We’re delighted to be partnering with RSTMH on their small grants programme. In line with our ‘For Africa By Africa’ pillar of the African strategy, CIFF seeks to empower the next generation of African researchers through providing small research grants to early career Africans.”

Faustina Fynn Nyame, Executive Director, Africa, Children's Investment Fund Foundation


International Alliance for the Control of Scabies

IACS will fund a research project on scabies and welcome applications focused on tackling the scabies research priorities. IACS will be funding one award.

The successful applicant would be encouraged to become a member of IACS and there is an expectation that they will present their data at the annual IACS meeting.

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“IACS is delighted to partner with RSTMH on the small grant scheme and help fund emerging researchers working on scabies worldwide.”

Michael Marks, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Vice Chair International Alliance for the Control of Scabies

Journal of Comparative Pathology Educational Trust

JCPET welcomes applications from veterinarians in the field of One Health, comparative pathology, zoonoses, or transboundary or emerging diseases. JCPET will fund one award.

There is an expectation that the successful applicant would write an article for the Journal of Comparative Pathology.

“The JCPET is very pleased to continue its aim of promoting the discipline of veterinary pathology internationally by partnering with the 2021 RSTMH Small Grants Programme.”

JCP Editorial Board