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Research we fund

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, made up of researchers with a proven track record in their field and ideally with a specialism or interest within the M.E. field, and
  • people affected by M.E., who sit on our Voice Committee. This ensures that patients carers are an inherent part of decision-making about research projects that we do and don’t fund. Along with people with M.E. and carers, the committee also includes clinicians and healthcare practitioners not currently active in research.

Action for M.E. PhD studentship 2017 research call

Action for M.E. is inviting proposals for high quality research pilot projects that will address the biology of M.E./CFS. This call builds on priorities identified by people affected by M.E. through an Action for M.E. survey and is targeted at supporting a PhD studentship for up to three years with up to £46,500, with 50% funding to be matched by the applicant’s university.

The focus of this initiative is to support high-quality, innovative biomedical research ideas that have the potential to increase the current knowledge base of M.E./CFS and to support new career researchers into the field. The deadline for the call was 20 November 2017, and we are currently reviewing the applications we recieved. 

Clare Francis Research Fund

Action for M.E.'s  Clare Francis Research Fund was launched during M.E. Awareness Week 2015. Named after our President, this is our dedicated research fund, which means that every penny donated to it is put towards our research-related activity.

This includes investing in pilot research projects to help us learn more and stimulate greater mainstream funding of M.E. research and collaborating with others to drive forward M.E. research.

2017 current projects

We are currently funding:

We are also:

Recently funded projects

Here you can find information on projects we have funded and which have recently concluded, along with project summaries from the researchers involved:

Upcoming projects

  • We will undertake consultations to provide evidence of the impact of the illness of the lives of people with M.E. to use in our influencing work.
  • We will establish an up-to-date picture of funding and specialist healthcare provision for people with M.E. in 2016–2017. 
  • We will undertake a five-year update consultation in 2018–2019 on the impact of the illness on health, welfare, education, employment and training.