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The Ramsay Research Fund (RRF) is the research arm of The ME Association.

The fund relies on donations and fundraising activities carried out by our members and all money raised goes toward research-related activities. Administrative and staff costs are all met from general funds.

The RRF funds research into the underlying biomedical causes and treatment of ME/CFS.

The fund is named after Dr Melvin Ramsay, the infectious diseases consultant who identified an outbreak of the illness at the Royal Free Hospital in London back in 1955.

It is currently funding research studies involving mitochondrial dysfunction (with the Medical Research Council at the University of Liverpool); sleep management (at the University of Northumbria) and a European study looking at the pathophysiology that may help to explain post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS.

The RRF is a joint funder of the UK’s first ME/CFS Biobank at the Royal Free Hospital, which is now in its second year of operation.

The RRF is a founder member of the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative, which any UK resident may join (download application form below).

If you are a scientist with an interest in biomedical or pathophysiological studies into this illness, we may be able to help with funding.

For initial inquiries, please email

Regular updates – along with more information on studies that have been recently funded or are currently being funded – are contained in the research section of our website reports on the MEA Board of Trustees meetings. The latest one can be found HERE.

Application Form to join the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative

ME Association Registered Charity Number 801279.