We’re currently working with the British Heart Foundation to review this funding scheme, so please note it will not open as normal in November this year. 

Both the Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation are committed to continuing to work together to jointly fund stroke research, but we need to refresh how we best do this. We’ll update this page with further information as soon as it’s available.

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

Highlight notice

This year, we are particularly seeking applications in one of the following two areas of research:

  • Haemorrhagic stroke, proposals which address acute treatment strategies: including surgical or medical studies.
  • Secondary prevention.


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, applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications will go through an external and further internal peer-review process. Applicants who submit a full application will be invited to participate in a rebuttal stage. The rebuttals will be given to the panel and will be considered alongside the full applications and peer review comments.


The award amount is a maximum of £1.5 million.


  • Awards must be carried out at Universities, NHS Trusts, Statutory Social Care Organisations or other Research Institutions within Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • The Lead applicant must be a senior researcher holding a PhD (or equivalent) with a track record of managing grants, delivering research studies and a strong publication record.
  • The salary of the Lead applicant has to be guaranteed for the duration of the proposed programme; the Lead applicant’s salary cannot be requested in the budget.
  • For this funding call: masters, PhD studentships, and clinical fellowships are not eligible to be included in the budget.
  • 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

For the full eligibility criteria, please see the guidance document.

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.


Applications should be submitted in outline in the first instance. Outline applications must be submitted to the Stroke Association’s online award management system, using the form Joint SA/BHF Clinical Award Stage 1.

Full applications will not be accepted unless specifically invited.

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

You can apply on 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 this is the 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 research@stroke.org.uk or call 020 7566 1543.

Our adjudication panel

Members of our Research Awards Pool are 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

Membership of the adjudication panel for our Joint Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation Clinical Study in Stroke 2019:

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 research@stroke.org.uk

Success rates for Joint Stroke Association/ British Heart Foundation Clinical Study in Stroke

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