We believe in the power of research evidence to prevent strokes, save lives and enable stroke survivors to make the best recovery possible.

As part of our five-year research strategy we made a commitment to working with others to achieve a clear vision about the future priorities for stroke research. We wanted to ensure that these priorities reflect expert opinion from practitioners and researchers as well as the views of stroke survivors and their families. Following a period of consultation with all of these groups we have now set our own priorities to address critical gaps in research evidence, including those that have proven hard to undertake in the past.

  • In 2015, we launched Priority Programmes in two areas, haemorrhagic stroke and the psychological consequences of stroke.
  • In 2016, in collaboration with Alzheimer's Society and the British Heart Foundation, we launched our Priority Programme in vascular dementia.
  • In 2017, we held a second call for applications into haemorrhagic stroke.
  • In 2018, we are launching a second call for applications into psychological consequences of stroke.

Open call for applications

We will open our second call for applications to our Priority Awards Programme into the psychological consequences of stroke in March 2018. The deadline to submit applications will be in June 2018.

Follow the links below to find out how the Priority Programme was shaped:

The full Guidance document and Conditions of Award will be uploaded when the call opens in March.

If you have any queries, please email research@stroke.org.uk.


Up to £410,000 over three to five years.


  • 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.
  • We accept applications involving animals in research for this Priority Programme Award. If you intend to include any research involving animals in your proposal, you must contact the Stroke Association Research Team prior to submission. Applicants should consider guidance set forward by the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and consult tools such as the ARRIVE guidelines and the Experimental Design Assistant (EDA) for methodologies involving animals.

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.

Previous awards and documentation

Psychological Consequences of stroke

Lay summaries of the awards granted under this Priority Programme can be found below:

Haemorrhagic stroke

Follow the links below to find out how the Priority Programme was shaped:

A lay summary of the award granted under this Priority Programme in 2015 can be found below:

The award we funded in 2017 will be made public after the contract has been signed.

Vascular Dementia

Follow the links below to find out how the Priority Programme was shaped:

A lay summary of the award granted under this Priority Programme in 2016 can be found below: