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 2014 – 19 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 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 held a second call for applications into psychological consequences of stroke.

This funding scheme is currently on hold.

Psychological Consequences of stroke (2015 and 2018)

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

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

Haemorrhagic stroke (2015 and 2017)

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

Lay summaries of awards granted under this Priority Programme in 2015 and 2017 respectively can be found below:

Joint Stroke Association and MRC award into haemorrhagic stroke and vascular dementia (2017)

A lay summary of our 2017 award granted jointly with the Medical Research Council (MRC) can be found below:

Our adjudication panels

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 Priority Programme Awards 2018 (Psychological Consequence of Stroke):

  • Professor Jane Burridge (Chair), Professor of Restorative Neuroscience, University of Southampton.
  • Professor Andy Vail, Professor of Clinical Biostatistics, University of Manchester.
  • Dr David Clarke, Associate Professor of Stroke Care, University of Leeds
  • Dr Julie Morris, Reader, Newcastle University.
  • Professor Katerina Hilari, Professor of Acquired Communication Disorders, City University, London.
  • Dr Paresh Malhotra, Reader in Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, Imperial College London.
  • Professor Sarah Dean, Professor in Psychology Applied to Rehabilitation and Health, University of Exeter.
  • Plus three members of our patient and public involvement group, Stroke Voices in Research.

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 Priority Programme Awards 2018

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