Invest in ME Research Grants Policy
Invest in ME supports high quality, biomedical research into myalgic
The following paragraphs detail our policy and procedures for
applying for funding for such research.
The charity welcomes applications for
grants for projects of 6 months - 3 years duration.
Anyone wishing to apply for a grant from
the charity should use the form below to apply, having first
appraised oneself of the conditions for grant applications.
It is emphasised that Invest in MEís ethos is to initiate
high-quality biomedical research into ME as an urgent requirement.
Priority will be given to research which maximises the potential to
find causality for ME and/or which promises to provide the greatest
improvement for people with ME.
Our priorities are steered by the unequivocal belief that ME is of
organic origin and requiring a strategy of biomedical research with
Our Research Priorities
1. Medical research into:
Research associated with Causality
Translational biomedical research to
provide effective treatments for ME
and comprehensive diagnosis
Improved education of healthcare
professionals about the disease
Telemedicine for use with and by ME
patients and their physicians
Raising awareness amongst the public, the
media and academia
Collaboration has been one of the central tenets of Invest in MEís
policy since our 2007 international ME conference in London. As a
founding member of the European ME Alliance we work with
international colleagues (advocates, researchers, research
organisations and physicians) to make rapid progress in finding the
cause of ME and providing treatments for all.
Funding applications will be considered from outside of the UK
though we do prefer to use collaborations with UK and European
organisations and researchers.
Our Research Funding Opportunities
Invest in ME Research
is committed to funding high-quality biomedical research into
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
This a fundamental part
of our strategy for ME which includes creating a UK/European Centre
of Excellence for ME (CoE) .
The CoE influences our
choice of looking for translational biomedical research which can
discover causality and provide treatments Ė in a direct and
expeditious way. This therefore means that we are looking for
biomedical research applications Ė covering virology, immunology,
endocrinology with particular emphasis on autoimmunity.
Invest in ME Research does not hold large
unallocated amounts in a bank for research.
We are not a membership charity as we
believe ME patients should have access to free information and we
try always to offer our products or services for free or at cost
We campaign for the interests of patients
and carers to try to ensure that those most vulnerable are not taken
We believe it is inappropriate and
wasteful to store large amounts of funds which are unused and which
just wait for applications.
Instead we believe in identifying valid
research which fulfils our strategic aims and then in initiating a
funding campaign to attain the required funds.
A list of current
opportunities can be seen at this
How Funding is Awarded
Due to the way in which
Invest in ME promotes research and seeks a strategic approach to
research we prefer to request ideas for research projects or to
identify them ourselves and then perform fund-raising campaigns to
raise the necessary funds.
The way we promote the
search for ideas is via our conferences, our researchers meetings
 and our newsletters.
most likely to perform the sort of translational biomedical research
into ME that we require are invited to our research meetings and to
our conferences. We also circulate our newsletter to many different
In this way we believe
we build awareness of our requirements and opportunities.
With the gut microbiome
research , which is our foundation project for a centre of excellence
for ME, we directly sought support and assistance from University of
East Anglia as that university plays an important role in the
Norwich Research Park, which is the location for our proposed
The charity has a list of external
reviewers whom we will ask to peer review any applications for
funding and projects. We will assess all applications based on the
relevance and usefulness of the research and in accordance with our
research priorities, scientific merit, timescale and cost.
How to Apply
If potential researchers wish to first
enquire informally about a project and grant request then please
contact us using the contact details at the end of this article.
Application Forms are available here Ė
The award of any research grants will be
according to Invest in MEís terms and conditions and all decisions
regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of research applications are
the charityís and will be final.
Projects funded by Invest in ME are to be
conducted in accordance with the guidelines and principles described
by the Declaration of Helsinki .
It is expected that the research will be verified and approved by
the appropriate research & development and ethics committees related
to the research team.
Invest in ME will maintain ring-fenced
funds for those projects which require dedicated campaigns to
support the fund-raising activities.
Invest in ME also maintains a general
Biomedical Research Fund  which is used for many activities
associated with biomedical research.
Use of Animals
in Medical Research
The projects currently envisaged or being
funded by Invest in ME are not, as far as we are aware, involving
animals, and the charity currently has no plans to do so.
Results from Invest in ME-funded projects
would be expected to be published in professional scientific journals.
Invest in ME will expect frequent reports on progress of the
research which would be disseminated though our web site, newsletter
What is Letís Do It for ME?
Letís Do It for ME is our fundraising and awareness campaign for biomedical research into ME, led by our supporters. It has its own website, Facebook page and blog and is playing a major part in raising funds for Invest in ME's biomedical research projects. Use these links to learn more -