The Ramsay Grant Program

Solve M.E. will accept applications to study ME/CFS and Long-Covid
from February 22– April 30, 2021


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Through the Ramsay Program, Solve M.E. invests in research studies in ME/CFS or long-COVID with a particular emphasis on engaging young investigators and researchers new to the field. Collaborative proposals (involving 2 or more research groups) and studies that examine the similarities and differences between ME/CFS and long-COVID are encouraged.

 

The Ramsay Award Program Has Three Main Objectives

There are two types of grants available:

  1. Lab-based Research Grants, ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 for a one-year period, with the possibility of renewal for projects yielding promising results
  2. Data-only Grants to support studies that will analyze the data in the You + ME Registry. These have an upper limit of $10,000 for a 6 month period, with the possibility of renewal for projects yielding promising results

You can learn more by joining our information session on either March 3rd and March 8th from 9-10am PST, where there will be ample opportunity to ask specific questions. Applications are due on April 30, 2021 and are run through a rigorous, double-blind peer review process. The Award notification is anticipated in June 2021 for lab-based projects and May 2021 for data only projects.

Ramsay 2021 marks the fifth cycle of the program, and new for this year is the inclusion of long-Covid research and the availability of a rich longitudinal data set in the You + ME Registry. For more details on these aspects of the program, please refer to the Application and Scope.

Previously funded research includes:

  • Dr. Jarred Younger from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found metabolite and temperature differences in the brains of people with ME/CFS and received a multi-year NIH R01 grant to run a larger neuroimaging study. 
  • Dr. Dawei Li used preliminary data from his ongoing Ramsay study on endogenous retroviruses to secure a NIH R21 grant to expand this work.
  • Drs. Liisa Selin and Anna Gil from the University of Massachusetts Medical School examined the role of specific T cells in ME/CFS and used their pilot data in an application to NIH for a large R01 grant which was competitively scored and awaiting final decision for funding.

New to the field or want to learn more? Check out our Toolkit here. Information on how to apply and application, biography and budget templates are available below. Please email Allison Ramiller, Director of Research Programs, at research@solvecfs.org with any questions.


 

2021 Instructions and Scope (DOWNLOAD) 

Application components:

2021 Main Application Template (Lab-based Research Grants)  (DOWNLOAD
2021 Biographical Sketch Template (DOWNLOAD)
2021 Budget Template (DOWNLOAD)

2021 Application for Use of Data You + ME (Data only grants) (DOWNLOAD)
2021 You + ME Registry Codebook (DOWNLOAD)

To apply for a Ramsay Award please submit your application to research@solvecfs.org by

April 30th

Questions and inquiries regarding the Ramsay Award Program should be directed to Allison Ramiller, Director of Research Programs, at research@solvecfs.org



The Ramsay Award not only allows but encourages new researchers to apply their expertise and skill set to the field of ME/CFS

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“The Ramsay award is a great support for pilot projects and collaborating with researchers to form an interdisciplinary team. Dr. Elisa Oltra has substantial experience with ME/CFS, however, we also have in our group Dr. Malav Trivedi who is an experienced researcher in the field of epigenetics and oxidative stress metabolism in the field of neurological disorders. [Prior to this Ramsay project], his expertise had not been applied to the field of ME/CFS. Similarly, Dr. Vladimir Beljanski is an expert in the field of autophagy, pathway analysis and design of therapies; he will help undertake functional genomic analysis. Hence, the Ramsay award not only allows but encourages new researchers to apply their expertise and skill set to the field of ME/CFS.”

Lubov Nathanson (PhD), Ramsay 2017
Assistant Professor & Research Scientist
Nova Southeastern University

The Ramsay Award was a very timely help for us to take our work one step ahead

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“There is virtually no funding available within Europe to study role of HHV-6 in any disease. Therefore, the Ramsay Award was a very timely help for us to take our work one step ahead…this should help gather momentum in the scientific community, and open funding opportunities for this research topic.”

Bhupesh Prusty (PhD), Ramsay 2016
Senior Researcher, Institute for Virology and Immunobiology
University of Wuerzburg

Due to the Ramsay award, I think we have managed to send out a statement of how two young researchers thousands of miles apart can collaborate on an ME/CFS project. 

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“Ramsay Award funding has been a major boost to this not just financially but also scientifically as it enabled us to set up a young international collaboration. With the Ramsay award, we are able to investigate important aspects of B cell maturation not only in ME/CFS but also to understand the basic immunology and metabolomics of B cells in culture.

Although it is very rare to have two young scientists establishing something like as comprehensive as this, the success of other major collaborations between key centres has accelerated research in many other areas and we hope the same will happen here. Due to the Ramsay award, I think we have managed to send out a statement of how two young research thousands of miles apart can collaborate on an ME/CFS project. We have set an example which hopefully many will follow.”

Fane Mensah (PhD candidate), Ramsay 2016
University College of London

I see these awards as critical to jump starting new lines of research

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“My pilot study would not have been conducted without the Ramsay award. The importance of these awards is that they fund early ideas that have the potential to change science and medicine. It is very difficult to get these first studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other large federal agencies. But being able to collect compelling preliminary data from the Ramsay award puts us in a much better position to get a large NIH grant. We submitted a grant application to NIH in February of 2018, and the Ramsay award data was the centerpiece of that application.”

Jarred Younger (PhD), Ramsay 2016
Director of the Neuroinflammation, Pain & Fatigue Lab
University of Alabama, Birmingham