Research has the potential to limit the devastating effects of stroke and help people rebuild their lives. We understand just how important researchers are in pushing the boundaries and producing ground-breaking results for the world of stroke. We would like you to become part of our stroke research community.

Our wide range of research awards offer a variety of opportunities for stroke researchers to gain funding. We support you at different levels of your career, whether you are just beginning your research journey as a PhD student or are established and supporting your own research team.

Our current research portfolio totals over £12 million, and our priorities for funding include research into the pre-hospital, acute, secondary prevention care, and rehabilitation and long-term care of stroke survivors.

The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted priorities for research in the UK and around the world. We continue to monitor the impacts on stroke research. For more information, you can read about our support for stroke researchers and changes to our funding for research.

Postgraduate Fellowships

The funding call for Postgraduate Fellowships is now closed. 

Our Postgraduate Fellowships enable outstanding graduates to obtain a postgraduate research qualification (MPhil or PhD), giving them the required skills to ultimately undertake an independent career in stroke research.

The Stroke Association supports Fellows who plan to conduct stroke research into clinical and applied health, including social care research. This includes research that is conducted to answer specific questions relating to day-to-day practice in health services or community settings, and which has the potential to have an impact on the health or well-being of people affected by stroke. A clear trajectory to patient benefit is essential.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

The funding call for Postdoctoral Fellowships is now closed

Our Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to provide outstanding postdoctoral candidates with the necessary skills and training for the development of an independent career in academic stroke research.

The Stroke Association supports Fellows who plan to conduct stroke research into clinical and applied health, including social care research. This includes research that is conducted to answer specific questions relating to day-to-day practice in health services or community settings, and which has the potential to have an impact on the health or well-being of people affected by stroke. A clear trajectory to patient benefit is essential.

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Lectureships

This funding call is currently closed.

We’ll be making an announcement about our next Lectureship funding call soon. Email research@stroke.org.uk to sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear

These positions play a critical role in establishing talented research leaders of the future across all disciplines relevant to stroke in the UK. For this programme, we have six different awards available.

 

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Project Grants

This funding call is currently closed.

These grants encompass the whole spectrum of stroke research from secondary prevention, through to treatment and rehabilitation, both in an acute setting and longer-term in the community.

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COVID-19 and Stroke Grant

The deadline for applications has passed and this funding call is now closed.

Funding: maximum of £60,000 up to one year
Awards made: December 2020

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 at the end of 2019, there have been reports of patients with the disease also experiencing neurological complications including stroke. However, we do not yet know if there is a causal link, what the increase in stroke risk may be, or which patients are particularly at risk of neurological complications. This call focused on funding research addressing these questions, to understand the potential causal links and mechanisms between Covid-19 and stroke.

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Joint Stroke Association/British Heart Foundation Clinical Study in Stroke

We are continuing our long-running partnership with British Heart Foundation (BHF). Our joint funding is now being administered by the BHF Clinical Study Grants scheme. 

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Stroke Association/MRC Joint Clinical Training Fellowships

Funding: up to 3 years. Further details and instructions for applicants are available from the MRC website.

These fellowships allow clinically trained individuals to undertake training in stroke research.

The remit for these clinical training fellowships differs from our wholly-funded Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship schemes. Applications are accepted which propose research across the whole stroke pathway, including basic and pre-clinical applications.

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Stroke Association/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships

This funding creates dedicated time for healthcare professionals in England working in an eligible profession to develop an application for a doctoral-level training Fellowship, and undertake a training programme to give them the skills to apply for doctoral-level funding.

This funding scheme is currently on hold.

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Stroke Association/Fight for Sight Project Grant

Funding: Up to £250,000 over three years
Call open: The call is now closed
Deadline: The deadline for abstract applications has now passed

The Stroke Association has partnered with Fight for Sight to jointly fund a Project Grant Award for research to address visual impairment associated with stroke. Full details are available on the Fight for Sight website.

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Priority Programme Awards

This funding scheme is currently on hold.

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Stroke Association/Association of British Neurologists Joint Clinical Research Training Fellowships

These 3-year clinical research fellowships in neurological disciplines are open to all physicians, including those interested in stroke. The fellowship can address an aspect of the causes, prevention and/or treatment of stroke, resulting in a PhD.

The remit for these clinical training fellowships differs from our wholly-funded Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship schemes. Applications are accepted which propose research across the whole stroke pathway, including basic and pre-clinical applications.

The application form and a copy of the terms and conditions (which must be read before completing your application) may be downloaded and completed on the ABN website. Or email fardousa.musa@abn.org.uk for an application form and a copy of the terms and conditions.

Application process

Applications open: Monday 5 October 2020.

Deadline for applications: Monday 30 November 2020.

Interview: Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Eligibility

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.

Peer review

Our charity passed the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Peer Review Audit for 2020. The audit allows AMRC and its member charities to demonstrate to stakeholders, including government, researchers, funders and donors, our commitment to the highest standards of accountability and probity in the allocation of grants and awards for research. Each submission is assessed against our membership criteria, including our five principles of peer review: accountability, balance, independence, rotation and impartiality.

AMRC Certificate

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