Research grants

ME Research UK is pleased to announce a worldwide call for applications from researchers wishing to investigate the causes, consequences and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The deadline for full applications is 13 November 2020.

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

ME Research UK does not normally fund research which involves the use of animals.

How to apply

1. Outline Proposal

An Outline Proposal can be submitted at any time using our Outline Proposal Form. This is a brief summary of the proposed project which will normally be reviewed within 2 weeks of receipt. If it is something ME Research UK would potentially support, applicants will be invited to submit a full Grant Application.

2. Full Grant Application

ME Research UK has two funding calls per year. For the current call, full Grant Applications should be submitted on our Grant Application Form by 5 p.m. GMT on 13 November 2020.

3. Review Process

Applications will be sent for external review by experts in the field, and then assessed by our Science Committee which will make a recommendation on funding.

4. Decision

Applicants will be notified in February 2021 whether or not their application for funding has been successful. Applicants may also be asked to respond to questions raised by the reviewers before a final decision is made.

5. Award

The final decision on funding will be made by our Board of Charity Trustees, and award of a grant is subject to acceptance of our Standard Grant Conditions.

Forms are provided as fillable PDFs, which can be completed on computer and sent by email to Dr David Newton at david@meresearch.org.uk. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to complete the form (you may see an error message about fonts, which can be ignored).

You will also need to send us a printed copy of the Grant Application Form – including the relevant signatures – to the address given on the form.

If you have any questions about your application or our procedures, please contact Dr David Newton at david@meresearch.org.uk.

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