ME Research UK, with the financial support of The Gordon Parish Charitable Trust, is pleased to an announce an open call for applications from researchers wishing to investigate the viral causes of ME/CFS.
For this latest phase of funding, a total of £200,000 is available to support scientifically robust biomedical research studies at appropriate host institutions worldwide.
Many people affected by ME/CFS report that their symptoms began after a viral infection, and there has been significant research into how specific viruses might act as a trigger for the illness, although no association has yet been confirmed. In addition, the emergence of post-COVID syndrome (or long COVID), which parallels many of the symptoms of ME/CFS, has highlighted the potential importance of this association.
The late Dr Gordon Parish had a life-long interest in viruses and their role in ME/CFS, and the funding from his Trust is available specifically to support more research in this area.
As with all our research grants, it is essential that applicants demonstrate clear translational potential for their proposed research, and how it will benefit patients in the short-to-medium term.