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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 to invest in change. 

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 research call

Action for M.E. aims to bring new researchers to the field by investing in at least one three-year postdoctoral or PhD studentship at any one time for projects focused on biomedical M.E. research.

The focus of this initiative is to support high-quality, innovative biomedical research ideas that have the potential to increase our current knowledge of M.E. and to support new career researchers into the field, building capacity for future research.

This call is open to UK-based researchers, who can apply by downloading our research call and application form.

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 50% funding to be matched by the applicant’s university.

The deadline for Action for M.E. to receive applications has now passed.

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.