What do people think about the idea of suggesting an X PRIZE for the development of an effective cure or treatment for CFS/ME? X PRIZES are put up to stimulate and entice research into important or neglected areas. Google, for example, have put up a Lunar X PRIZE of $20 million to be given to the first privately-funded team to land a robot on the Moon that successfully travels more than 500 meters and transmits back high definition images and video. The idea of this Lunar X PRIZE is to stimulate private sector involvement in space. In the case of CFS/ME, even a more modest X PRIZE of say $2 million for an effective cure or treatment for CFS/ME would do wonders to stimulate a broader CFS/ME research interest. Given that CFS/ME costs the US alone $24 billion a year in terms of lost work, lost taxes and high medical costs, there ought to be many organizations that would be very pleased to see CFS/ME cured (eg, governments, health care providers), and may be interested in putting up such a comparatively (to $24 billion) small X PRIZE of the order of $2 million. Looking at the X PRIZE Foundation's website, this foundation does work in the life sciences area, so a CFS/ME X PRIZE will certainly be something that they will be happy consider. In fact, CFS/ME has extra special merits, because of the unfavorable political and funding climate CFS/ME research faces (ie, CFS/ME gets a measly 2% of the funding that diseases of similar prevalence and severity receive). So if ever there were a worthy and important research pursuit that needs to be vigorously stimulated by an X PRIZE, it surely must be finding a cure or treatment for CFS/ME. Note that a CFS/ME X PRIZE does not necessarily have to be for the ultimate goal of a cure or treatment (though this would be nice). It could be for some major milepost on the road to the cure, such as finding a universal diagnostic biomarker for CFS/ME. The X PRIZE Foundation does appear to have such "milepost" type X PRIZES in consideration for other diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Perhaps someone here has some suggestions for other CFS/ME mileposts that could be the focus of a CFS/ME X PRIZE? It shouldn't be too difficult for us to organize a submission for this CFS/ME X PRIZE idea. The X PRIZE Foundation's submission pages is here. The X PRIZE Foundation's blog says: So a well-written submission from people here will be taken very seriously (though perhaps it would be best to consult with one or more of the CFS/ME researchers and organizations as well). Getting an X PRIZE for CFS/ME will also help to increase recognition for this disease. What do people think about this?