Research grants

ME Research UK awards research grants for novel clinical and biomedical studies that help to unravel the biology of ME/CFS or point towards treatments. We particularly welcome pilot studies or seed-corn projects that could lead to larger-scale research supported by a government funding agency.

We are happy to consider projects in all areas related to the biology or treatment of ME/CFS, but our main areas of interest currently include the following:

  • Muscle fatigue – underlying mechanisms and potential therapies
  • Brain and nervous system – structural and functional changes
  • Immune system – autoimmunity and the role of specific antibodies
  • Metabolomics and the search for diagnostic biomarkers
  • Symptomatic impact of ME/CFS on other organ systems

We usually have two application calls per year, and the next one is likely to be around the beginning of 2022. Please contact if you are interested in applying and would like details of this call when it is announced. Full details will be added to this page in due course.

We welcome applications for PhD funding at any time.

ME Research UK does not normally fund research which involves the use of animals. In common with other charitable organisations, ME Research UK does not pay for the indirect costs of research projects. Please see our Standard Grant Conditions for more information.