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*The 2019 RFA is Closed*

The Solve M.E. Ramsay Award Program, initiated in 2016, funds pilot studies into myalgic encephalomyelitis (formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS). Each grant award typically ranges between $35,000 and $55,000 for a one-year period, with the possibility of renewal for projects yielding promising results. Submitted proposals are subject to a double-blind peer review process to ensure that only applications of the highest merit are selected.

Ramsay 2019 marks the fourth cycle of the program and we are at a very pivotal moment at both this juncture in the Program and the ME/CFS research landscape as a whole. The broad scientific domains of immunology, metabolism, the microbiome, genetics, and neurology are central to ME/CFS research, but a lack of researchers working on the disease remains a major barrier to progress; a fact that was recently emphasized by experts in the field at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Accelerating Research on ME/CFS” conference.

Through the Ramsay Program, Solve M.E. invests in studies into the etiology of ME/CFS led by diverse researchers, with a particular emphasis on engaging young investigators and researchers new to the field. We aim to make 2019 the largest group of investigators ever funded through the Ramsay Program by supporting at least 10 scientifically-rigorous studies and carving out funding for at least one collaborative proposal across two or more labs.


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 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

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