Project Grants are our most popular funding stream and cover the whole spectrum of stroke research - from prevention and risk factors, through to treatment and rehabilitation in a clinical setting and longer-term in the community.

Please note that we have combined our previously separate forms for the two types of proposal that we welcome into one application form.

Clinical Trial Project Grants

These are project grant proposals which incorporate a randomised controlled trial or other clinical trial of a device or an intervention. For example, trialling a previously developed intervention on a population of people, whether stroke survivors or people unaffected by stroke.

These grants are intended to:

  • Support the early phases of trials with the intention that, if successful, they proceed to the full trial stage supported by a large funder such as the MRC or NIHR.
  • Support the creation of UK centres for large international clinical trials in stroke medicine. Such applications will be in association with, and support the work of, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN), or an equivalent regional research support network organisation before the application is submitted.

Developmental Research Project Grants

These are project grant proposals that are focused on areas which do not incorporate randomised controlled or other types of clinical trials. This includes study proposals in observational or epidemiological studies, basic laboratory science or early developmental/proof of concept studies.

Although projects involving the use of laboratory animals are eligible, we do not expect project grant applications to include animal research due to the budget envelope of this scheme.

Priorities for funding

The purpose of the proposed research project must be directly related to stroke illness. Applications in the fields of epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, imaging, childhood stroke, therapy both medical and surgical, assessment and rehabilitation are particularly welcome.

Award amount and duration

These awards are for up to £210,000 over a period of up to 3 years. In exceptional circumstances, awards may be granted for 5 years.


Call for applications now closed.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

We expect that all applicants will have involved people affected by stroke in the planning and development stages of their funding application, and will continue to do so should their application be successful. This involvement should be meaningful, and people affected by stroke should have a real opportunity to contribute to your research.

Find out more about how we can help you to involve people affected by stroke in your work.


External Peer Review: three months after the deadline. You'll be informed if you're unsuccessful at this stage.

Discussion at Panel: five months after the deadline.

Approval by Council of Trustees: six months after the deadline.

The Research Awards Panel meetings will take place in June. We aim to let applicants know whether they have been successful or not as soon as possible after the Council of Trustees meeting in July.


Applications won't be accepted from those who have outstanding reports for other awards held with the Stroke Association.

Awards are tenable only at Universities, NHS Trusts, Statutory Social Care Organisations or other Research Institutions within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The salaries (whole or in part) of Senior Academic Supervisors are not supported by these grants. This may be waived only in exceptional circumstances.


Applications must be submitted to our online award management system.

To begin an application, please create an account. If you have previously interacted with us then your email address may already be in the system. If you find that this case, please click on ‘Login’ and ‘Forgot password?’. The system will then email you instructions to set yourself a password.

After you have logged in, please click on ‘Application Portal’ at the top of the page, then select which award you would like to start an application for from the 'Click here to start an application' search bar in the blue panel on this page.

Our online award management system should work on all major browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge, but we would not recommend using Internet Explorer below version 9.

If you have any issues with the system or have any feedback, please email us at or call 020 7566 1543.

Our adjudication process

We are currently in the process of transitioning from having a Research Awards Committee who decide which applications are chosen for funding to a larger Research Awards Pool (RAP). Members of the new Research Awards Pool will be chosen based on the expertise required on adjudication panels. To avoid conflicts of interest any RAP member applying for funding in any of our funding rounds will take no part in the adjudication of that round. All RAP members sign up to our RAP Code of Practice. All applications are sent out for external peer review and all reviewers sign our Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest Policy. 

Please find below the members of the adjudication panels for our Project Grants:

Project Grant 2017 (Clinical)

Project Grant 2017 (Rehabilitation) 

  • Professor Valerie Pomeroy (Chair), Professor of Neurorehabilitation, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, Kingston and St George's, University of London
  • Dr Terry Quinn, Joint Stroke Association/Chief Scientist Office Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Marian Brady, Professor of Stroke Care and Rehabilitation, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Ailie Turton, Occupational Therapist and Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England
  • Dr David Meads, Associate Professor, University of Leeds
  • Dr Hannah Thompson, Lecturer, University of Surrey
  • Dr Pia Rotshtein, Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • Plus two members of our patient and public involvement group, Stroke Voices in Research.

If you are a research expert and would like to register your interest in becoming a member of our Research Awards Pool please email us at  

Success rates for Project Grants

Details on the number of applications received and the number funded for this funding stream: