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How do you decide what research to fund and support?

Our 2016-2021 strategy sets out how we invest in biomedical research to bring more money and more people into the M.E. field.

We have a clear research funding assessment process, developed to provide clarity, transparency and a clear governance framework for our key stakeholders, including researchers, universities, donors, Action for M.E. supporting members and other people affected by M.E. This means that all applications by researchers who wish to have their work funded by our Clare Francis Research Fund undergo the following five-stage process:

  • initial triage by our CEO
  • external peer review, in most circumstances by at least two reviewers
  • examination by our Voice Committee
  • examination by our Scientific Advisory Panel
  • award decision-making by the Board of Trustees.