OVERVIEW: The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene supports early career scientists conducting research in any discipline related to tropical medicine and global health.
IP TAKE: This funder’s grants may be modest in size, but it expects tangible and measurable results from its grantees. It also accepts unsolicited proposals and requests for funding from new grantseekers.
PROFILE: The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) was founded in 1907 by Scottish doctors George Carmichael Lowe and James Cantlie. Since then, it has been “dedicated to changing the face of global health” by “supporting research and health professionals from across the world” and “increasing global awareness about tropical medicine and health.” RSTMH supports investigators and scientists in all disciplines related to tropical medicine and global health.
RSTMH offers small grants up to £5,000 as well as training and travel scholarships up to £1,000 to early career investigators who are pursuing innovative projects that have benefits beyond academia. RSTMH members take priority for small grants and researchers located outside of the UK receive priority for travel scholarship program. The society defines early career researchers as having a maximum of 15 years of relevant training or employment. Investigators and researchers from any country in the world are eligible to apply. To get an idea of the kinds of projects supported by this funder and to see past grantees, check out its blog.
RSTMH has an open application process and accepts unsolicited requests for funding. The submission deadline typically falls somewhere toward the end of January with funds disbursement beginning in April. These dates, of course, are subject to change so grantseekers should keep a close watch on the RSTMH website to stay abreast of any changes.