Dear Medical Research Council,

Please could you tell me, based on what Caroline Dinenage MP said on the 20th February 2018 ("Total funding was £5 million and the MRC contributed almost £3 million.") (Hansard:
https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/20...

1) PRECISELY how much the Medical Research Council contributed to Queen Mary University London's PACE trial into 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'?

2) if there were any additional funds for budget overruns?

Yours faithfully,

G. Ryan

Dear G. Ryan,

 

MRC Reference FOIA 2018-011

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. We will investigate
what information is available and respond in due course.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Officer

Medical Research Council

www.mrc.ac.uk

e-mail: [1][Medical Research Council request email]

 

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foi (UKRI, Medical Research Council),

Dear G Ryan,

 

MRC Reference: FOIA 2018-11

 

Thank you for contacting us on 13 March 2018 asking for information
relating to the financial support given by the Medical Research Council
(MRC) to the PACE Trial.

 

About the PACE Trial

The PACE Trial (A Randomised Controlled Trial of CBT, graded exercise,
adaptive pacing and usual medical care for the chronic fatigue syndrome)
was funded through a grant from the MRC to Queen Mary University London
(QMUL) and received co-funding from the Department of Health (England),
the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland and the Department for Work and
Pensions. Further information on the PACE Trial, which includes the basic
grant information (title, investigators, organisations, award amount,
award dates, abstract, and technical summary), along with information on
publications and other outcomes of the research can be found at:
[1]http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=G0200...

 

I will answer your questions in turn.

 

1)      PRECISELY how much the Medical Research Council contributed to
Queen Mary University London's PACE trial into 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'?

 

The total funding amount provided by the MRC to QMUL to support the PACE
Trial was £2,779,361.  This included the contributions from the Department
for Work and Pensions (£90k), Department of Health (£134k), National
Institute for Health Research (£66k), and Chief Scientist Office (£250k).

 

 

2)      if there were any additional funds for budget overruns?

 

The initial award amount was for £2,076,363. In 2007 an additional
£702,975 was awarded to support the extension of the recruitment period
and to cover the additional cost of having a research nurse at five
centres present for an extra day per week.

 

 

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