ME Research UK

ME Research UK - invest in biomedical research

Investing in biomedical research into causes and consequences of ME/CFS globally. Scientifically sound projects and PhD funding available in leading institutions to study an illness affecting 240,000 people in UK alone.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in Scotland (SC036942)

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  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


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  • “Since 2006, ME Research UK has provided the pilot funding for many distinct projects, which have allowed us to accumulate the data on which our successful applications to the MRC were based. Their success shows what can be achieved by researchers working closely with medical research charities.

    — Prof Julia Newton


ME Research UK is dedicated solely to fund biomedical research projects into the causes, consequences and treatment of ME/CFS. Around 240,000 people in the UK have ME/CFS, and women are twice as likely to be affected as men. It affects all social groups and all ages, including children. Most patients are unable to work full-time, and up to a quarter of patients are housebound or bedbound yet research is lacking and underfunded.


Since 2000, we have awarded grants of almost £1.7m to universities in the UK and overseas for 52 specific scientific studies. Our priority is to support innovative clinical and biomedical studies based in established research institutions and proposals must demonstrate relevance, originality and excellence. The results of research are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals to enrich the knowledge-base in this under-researched illness.