Our research work

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Our projects and PhDs

Research we fund

As part of our 2016 - 2021 strategy, Action for M.E. pledged to focus 20% of our activities on bringing more research, more money and more people into the field. All funding applications we receive are put through a five-stage funding assessment process, overseen by our Research Panel, with input from our Scientific Advisory Panel and people with M.E.

Our research-related activity is funded by our Clare Francis Research Fund, named for our President.

You can make a donation to our research activities by:

  • visiting our Clare Francis Research Fund page on JustGiving
  • calling 0117 927 9551 and speaking to the Fundraising team
  • texting CFRF87 and your donation amount (£3, £5 or £10) to 70070 (texts to this number are free).

Our current projects

We are currently funding:

Our 2021 application call for a third biomedical PhD Studentship ran from early January to late February. We will announce the award for this in spring/summer.

As part of our trans-Atlantic partnership with US charity Solve ME, we are funding a two-year, jointly funded, £120,000 fellowship for early-stage career researches, working with Prof Chris Ponting, University of Edinburgh; and Prof Liz Worthey, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

We work in partnership with the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative and our Chief Executive, Sonya Chowdhury, is Co-Investigator on the M.E./CFS Biomedical Partnership, leading DecodeME, the world's largest M.E. DNA study.

Sonya is a member of the Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative ME (ICanCME) Research Network.

Previously funded projects

Research we funded prior to 2016 (when we launched our five-year strategy with a focus on funding PhDs and our Clare Francis Fellowship) include: