We think that it is vital that people affected by stroke are involved in the development of research plans and funding proposals. This is to ensure that the right research is being undertaken and that it meets a real need for those affected by stroke.

We expect all applicants who are seeking funding from us will have involved people affected by stroke in the planning and development of their proposals. This involvement must be meaningful, and we expect that it will continue should the application be successful.

Support from our research involvement group

We work with a group of people affected by stroke (stroke survivors, carers and family members) who want to be involved in research. If you’re looking to involve people affected by stroke in your research we can connect you.

To access support from our research involvement group, you must be planning to submit your research to a Stroke Association funding scheme for consideration. We're unable to support any requests for applications being submitted to a funder other than the Stroke Association.

Please note that the Plain English applications that you submit to us are reviewed by members of our research involvement group. This is to ensure that we’re funding research that is important to people affected by stroke. They want to see evidence that you have involved people meaningfully and that you will continue to do so if your application is successful.

Contact us

If you’re interested, have any questions or would like to know more please contact Laura Piercy, Research Engagement Officer, via research@stroke.org.uk, or 020 3873 5717.

We’ll send you a short form to complete with details of the planned research and how you want to involve people. This information will then be sent on to members of our group who would be a match for your research.

We will not support any request made less than eight weeks prior to any planned involvement activities or funding deadlines. We recommend that you apply early for the best chance of success.  

Please note this is not a route through which you can recruit participants to your study. For help recruiting participants please email research@stroke.org.uk separately.


The Stroke Association will endeavour to find a suitable individual to be involved in your research, but this is very much dependant on availability and individual suitability. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to propose suitable candidates in all circumstances, nor can we guarantee that we will be able to support each request received.  We will endeavour to respond in a timely manner and, during times of high demand, we will operate on a first-come-first-served basis.