Research can help us find new ways to:

  • Stop strokes from happening.
  • Treat strokes.
  • Support stroke survivors and their families to rebuild their lives.

By taking part in research, you can help us to learn more about stroke and make a difference in the lives of future stroke survivors.

Find out about how our research has made a difference in the lives of people affected by stroke.

I want to know more about what taking part in research is like

Taking part in a research study can involve anything from filling in a questionnaire at home to testing a new treatment in a hospital. Every study is different. If you want to take part in a research project, you should speak to the research team leading it for more information.

Working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, we have produced this booklet to answer some of the questions you might have about taking part in research studies.

We have also produced a version for people with aphasia, for people that have trouble understanding written text.

Where can I find opportunities to take part in research studies?

The Be Part of Research website lists studies that are looking for people to take part. You can search by condition and by location.

The website also has lots of information about taking part in research. This can help you to make an informed decision about taking part.

I want to volunteer to take part in Stroke Association research

We fund stroke research across the UK. The research takes place at Universities, in hospitals and in other healthcare settings. Some of this research is clinical research, where stroke patients, and their close relations or friends, and healthcare professionals can take part. They may receive a treatment and/or be interviewed by researchers as part of their project.

We don’t carry out clinical research ourselves, we fund researchers around the UK for research projects into stroke. Each project recruits its own participants which means we can’t help you to get involved in a specific study.

Find out about the research projects we're funding.

Visit the Be Part of Research website to find opportunities to take part in stroke research.

I'm a researcher and I want to recruit people affected by stroke to my study

We may be able to help you to find participants for your research by sharing information about your project with our networks of people affected by stroke. 

We want to support good quality research with the potential to benefit people affected by stroke. To help us to do this, we have a set of criteria that you and your study must meet in order for us to consider your request: 

  • The lead applicant must be based at a recognised research institution (e.g. University, NHS Trust). Requests must be for participants in clinical/academic research only.
  • You must have, and be able to provide proof of, ethical approval for the study you are requesting support for. 
  • For studies being completed as part of a qualification, the student(s) leading the project must be studying at Masters level or above. Requests from undergraduate or school students will not be accepted. 
  • The recruitment deadline must be four or more weeks away. We can’t share information about studies where the recruitment deadline is in less than four weeks. 

If you answered no to any of the criteria above, we are unable to support your request. 

If you answered yes to all of the above criteria, please complete our Participant Request Form and return it to Before you complete the form, please read our supporting guidance. This contains important information about the types of research we can and cannot support and guidance for completing your participant request form. 

Please also include: 

  • Proof of ethical approval for the research.
  • A participant information sheet.

We aim to respond to any enquiries within five working days and to review request forms received within two working weeks. However, during busy periods there may be some delay to this. 

There may be times when we are unable to share opportunities due to limited capacity within our charity, and approval from the Stroke Association research team does not guarantee that colleagues in other teams will be able to share the opportunity. 

If you have any questions, please contact