Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has enormous consequences for the (perceived) quality of life, work and relationships. That is why ZonMw funds research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS.

What is ME/CFS?

ME/CFS is a serious, chronic disease for which there are no effective treatment options. People with the disease suffer from pain, sensitivity to light and sound, concentration and memory problems and severe fatigue symptoms, among other things. Exercise can make the symptoms worse.

Research Programme

The aim of the research programme is to improve the health, quality of life and social status of ME/CFS patients. The programme focuses on 3 goals: 

  1. Develop biomedical knowledge about the origin, diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS
  2. Ensure that this knowledge is used in practice;
  3. Stimulate cooperation between knowledge institutes, patients and everyday practice.

For the first grant round of the research programme, 2 consortium applications have been honoured. These consortia encompass a total of 10 subprojects. Within the consortia, several parties cooperate in the execution of biomedical research on ME/CFS.




If you have any questions, you are able to find our contact information below.

Programme team ME/CFS
mecvs [at]