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NIH neglect is on the verge of producing a downturn in ME/CFS research that may take years to recover from. Some background information is necessary.

The Effective Grant Program (and the Ineffective One)

The NIH produces two types of grants; Program Announcements (PA’s) and Requests for Applications (RFAs). Program Announcements ‘announce’ what kind of research the NIH is willing to fund; RFA’s announce what kinds of research the NIH is willing to fund and come with a guaranteed pool of money. (Guess which one gets better results?)

The funded grant proposals are important, even vital vehicles for drawing interest to controversial disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome which have trouble attracting researchers. … Read More

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The NIH on ME/CFS Part I

We just did an overview of what a governmental British medical agency is funding on ME/CFS.  Now we turn to the biggest medical research funder in the world – the NIH. While NIH’s contribution to CFS research is paltry ($6 million/year) given their resources ($30 billion plus/yearly), their penchant for funding large, complex and expensive studies means they’re a very important player in ME/CFS research.  Even with their weak focus on ME/CFS they are still the biggest single ME/CFS research funder in the world; in other words what they think and do with ME/CFS matters -  a lot.… Read More

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