Trachoma and scabies research funding announced

15 Mar 2022
Geoff Bugbee Orbis

We can now announce new funding for the RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme, with partners funding projects on trachoma and scabies.

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), who have funded 14 grants since they started supporting the RSTMH grants programme in 2019, have agreed to fund six grants in 2022. This funding will go to research projects on trachoma. 

Dr Paul Emerson, Director of the International Trachoma Initiative, said on the announcement of the new funding:

“ITI 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 and direct engagement with those at risk of the diseases we seek to eliminate. 

The RSTMH Early Career Grants have been instrumental in helping many junior professionals acquire these fundamental experiences and ITI is proud to be a sponsor and partner in this vital program.”

Dr Paul Emerson, Director ITI


The International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS) started funding RSTMH grants in 2021. They will be funding another grant this year on research on scabies and/or on tackling the scabies research priorities.
Michael Marks, Vice Chair of IACS, said on the announcement:

“IACS is delighted to be supporting an RSTMH Early Career Grant and proving an opportunity for emerging researchers to conduct research on scabies.”

Michael Marks, Vice Chair IACS


More funding will be announce over the coming weeks.

Tamar Ghosh, RSTMH CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing the first funding partners for the 2022 Early Career Grants Programme this week. This support is invaluable as it enables us to give more awards to early career researchers than we could provide on our own. 

Since 2017 we have increased awards from 16 to over 200 per year, and we hope this year will be the same. Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be announcing more funding partnerships, and we hope that we also see more applications coming in from all regions of the world.”

Tamar Ghosh, CEO RSTMH

Early Career Grants

The Early Career Grants Programme 2022 is open for applications from early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world, who have not had research funding in their own name before.

They can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 (GBP) to deliver a project over one year. The projects can be on any topic related to tropical medicine and global health, from across the research spectrum of lab, translation, implementation and policy. The deadline to apply is Friday 29 April at 17:00 GMT. Find out more here.