Research funding FAQs

Please see our Standard Grant Conditions for full details of these and other conditions relating to ME Research UK grant funding, and contact if you have any queries that are not answered here.

When is your next call for applications?

At present, we typically have one call for research grant applications and one call for PhD-level research funding each year. Details are shown on our website. If you would like to be notified of our next call, please contact to be added to our mailing list.

Who can apply for ME Research UK funding?

Applicants must be established researchers based at a suitable host institution such as a university, hospital or recognised academic research institute. In the event of a grant being awarded, any contract will be between ME Research UK and the host institution.

Do you fund any non-ME/CFS research?

No, ME Research UK only funds biomedical research that is directly related to the biology or treatment of ME/CFS. If you are not sure whether your area qualifies, please submit an outline proposal or contact for advice.

Do you fund animal research?

No, ME Research UK does not fund research which involves the use of animals.

What is the maximum value of funding awarded?

There is no stipulated maximum value for ME Research UK research funding, although awards may be limited by the current resources of the charity and the value of other applications being considered. The details of funding we have awarded previously can be found in our annual reports.

How is research funding paid?

ME Research UK research funding is normally paid by 6-monthly or annual instalments in arrears. Each payment is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory interim or final report on progress.

In what denomination is funding awarded?

ME Research UK funding is awarded and paid in pounds Sterling. Where the host institution is not based in the UK, it will receive the local currency equivalent at the exchange rate on the date we convert the currency.

Do you pay indirect costs?

No. In common with other charitable organisations, ME Research UK does not pay for the indirect costs of research projects. In the UK, you may be eligible to receive top-up funding from the Government to cover these costs – from the Charity Research Support Fund in England, Scottish Funding CouncilHigher Education Funding Council for Wales, or Higher Education Quality-related Research funding in Northern Ireland.

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