We're delighted to invite applications for a Clinical Study in the field of stroke, which will be jointly awarded by the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation.

Application focus

Applications must be directly related to stroke illness, and must have a vascular focus. Suitable examples include:

  • cerebral vascular imaging
  • stroke prevention - primary or secondary
  • therapies relating to vascular symptoms, for example:
    • antiplatelet therapies
    • thrombolysis
    • detection and treatment of cerebral haemorrhage
    • detection and treatment of cerebral aneurysm
    • detection and treatment of carotid artery or vertebral artery lesions
  • cerebral small vessel disease
  • stroke epidemiology 

Unfortunately, non-vascular focused applications, for example those focusing on rehabilitation or the consequences of stroke, non-angiogenic brain tissue regeneration or non-vascular neuroscience will not be considered.

Due to the nature of the research applications we expect to receive in response to this call, applications involving animal experiments will not be considered. Please also note that PhD studentships cannot be applied for on this grant.


The award is for up to five years.


Initially, outline applications will be reviewed by representatives from the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation. If shortlisted, full applications will go through an external and further internal peer-review process.


The call is now closed.


The award amount is a maximum of £1.5 million.


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 deadline for outline proposals was 5pm on 12 January 2017.

Applications should be submitted in outline in the first instance. Following adjudication of the outline applications, a shortlist of applicants will be invited to submit full applications in February 2017. The grant will be awarded in July 2017.

If an application was unsuccessful in a previous round, the same application cannot be resubmitted.

Please see the guidance document below for full details of the application process.

For further information regarding the application procedure, please contact the Research Department at research@stroke.org.uk or on 020 7566 1543.