Ramsay Grant Program 2021 RFA is Open!


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

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 Program has three main objectives:

  1. Attract new researchers to the ME/CFS and Long Covid fields and ensure they stay engaged.
  2. Facilitate applications for larger grants based on promising pilot data.
  3. Add to the cumulative scientific knowledge.

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 or 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 here. Please email Allison Ramiller, Director of Research Programs, at research@solvecfs.org with any questions.

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