Funding is available to support scientifically robust biomedical studies at appropriate host institutions worldwide.
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.
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 Research Grants Program 2022 for researchers across the globe
How to apply
1. Outline Proposal
Before preparing a full Grant Application, we encourage researchers to submit an Outline Proposal via 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
A full Grant Application should be submitted using our Grant Application Form. The deadline for submissions for the current call is 5 p.m. BST on Friday 16 September 2022.
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.
After review, applicants will be notified whether or not their application for funding has been successful. We anticipate that final decisions will be made by the end of 2022. Applicants may also be asked to respond to questions raised by the reviewers before a final decision is made.
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. We encourage applicants to read these conditions and our FAQs before making an application.
Please send completed forms by email to Dr David Newton at [email protected].
If you have any questions about applying for a research grant that are not answered here, please see our FAQs.
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. 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 Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, or Higher Education Quality-related Research funding in Northern Ireland.
In England, research studies funded by us are automatically eligible for NHS support via the NIHR Clinical Research Network.