Ramsay Award Program

“The Ramsay Award Program is one part of our organization’s overall research strategy to encourage participatory investigations, accelerate new discoveries, and reduce barriers for entry into the challenging yet rewarding field of ME/CFS,” Dr. Zaher Nahle, SMCI’s Chief Scientific Officer and VP of Research.

The Ramsay Awards are named after ME/CFS pioneer Dr. A. Melvin Ramsay, the recognized authority from 1955 until his death in 1990, whose sound descriptions of the disease have stood the test of time.  We embrace his determination and spirit to find the answers to this disease.

The Ramsay Award Program Has Three Main Objectives:

INVEST in original ideas that could clarify the onset, progression, root causes, and natural history of ME/CFS.

CREATE permissive environments to attract, support, and retain talent in the ME/CFS community and help awardees generate relevant data to compete for long-term federal funding.

FACILITATE collaboration and cross-pollination among dedicated researchers through the sharing of resources and access to additional programming and the organization’s network.

This investment in seed grants through an open competition reflects our commitment to participatory research and inclusivity to advance the field and amplify the work of our grantee researchers. 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 will be subject to a rigorous peer review process in order to ensure that only applications of the highest merit are selected.


  • 2017 Ramsay Award Team 1 – Biomarkers for initiation (infection) and metabolic derangement in ME/CFS – READ MORE HERE
  • 2017 Ramsay Award Team 2 – Effect of ME/CFS on epigenetic regulation in specific immune cell types – READ MORE HERE
  • 2017 Ramsay Award Team 3 – Investigating alterations in the intestinal virome in CFS/ME – READ MORE HERE
  • 2017 Ramsay Award Team 4 – Immunometabolism of T cells and monocytes in ME/CFS – READ MORE HERE
  • 2017 Ramsay Award Team 5 – Deciphering antibody reactivities against autoantigens & the microbiome in ME/CFS –READ MORE HERE


  • 2016 Ramsay Award Team 1 – Exploring Brain Inflammation – READ MORE HERE
  • 2016 Ramsay Award Team 2 – Studying B-Cell Function – READ MORE HERE
  • 2016 Ramsay Award Team 3 – Metabolic Assessment of Natural Killer Cells – READ MORE HERE
  • 2016 Ramsay Award Team 4 – Identifying Autoimmune signatures in ME/CFS – READ MORE HERE
  • 2016 Ramsay Award Team 5 – The potential role of HHV-6 in ME/CFS –READ MORE HERE

Questions and inquiries regarding the Ramsay Award Program should be directed to Dr. Zaher Nahle, Chief Scientific Officer and VP for Research, at research@solvecfs.org