Stroke Priority Setting Partnership: Shaping stroke research to rebuild lives

1. Summary 

The Stroke Association wishes to fund project grants which clearly address priorities for stroke research within the top ten topics from the PSP (Priority Setting Partnership) for either prevention, diagnosis, pre-hospital and hospital care, or rehabilitation and long-term care. We seek applications from senior researchers based in the UK for projects costing up to £250,000 which can be completed over an approximately three year period. 

2. Background

There has been encouraging progress in stroke care driven by research over the last three decades, yet stroke remains a leading cause of death and complex disability. Through research we can improve treatment and care where people affected by stroke need it most. Research can also help to reduce the impact of stroke on health and social services, and wider society. We know that uncertainties within the evidence base act as a road block to reducing the devastating effects of stroke.

In order to prioritise these research uncertainties, The James Lind Alliance (JLA) Stroke Priority Setting Partnership (Stroke PSP) led by the Stroke Association, brought stroke survivors and carers together with professionals across the stroke pathway, including GPs, neurologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Together, they submitted and prioritised almost 4,000 questions about stroke. This process has given us 10 priority topics ranked in order of importance in two areas:

  • prevention, diagnosis, pre-hospital and hospital care.
  • rehabilitation and long-term care. 

3. Scope of Funding

We wish to fund research with a clear pathway to impact and focus on benefit to people affected by stroke, for up to three years in duration. In order to be eligible, the pathway leading to impact upon one or more of the PSP priorities must be clearly and specifically demonstrated.

We are seeking robustly designed projects which have been developed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of relevant expertise in clinical practice, methodology, statistics, and lived experience of stroke. The project may or may not include a clinical trial, depending upon the research question being addressed.

Award amount and duration

These awards are for up to £250,000, over a period of up to 3 years.


Deadline for applications:

Stage 1: 5pm 5th September 2022
Stage 2: 5pm 12th December 2022

Stage 1 Applications open 11th July 2022.

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.


What happens to your application?

Once your application is received by the Stroke Association Research Team the applications will be read to ensure that they are eligible and that all the mandatory questions have been answered appropriately.

Stage 1 applications will be shortlisted at the first panel meetings. Funding panels will be established corresponding to the two areas of the PSP to adjudicate relevant applications; prevention, diagnosis, pre-hospital and hospital care and rehabilitation and long-term care.

The panels will consist of international and UK experts in the field as well as members of our Stroke Voices in Research group (made up of people affected by stroke). The panels will review applications and recommend the applications to be shortlisted for Stage 2.

If shortlisted for Stage 2, you will be invited to submit a full application online. This application will then undergo external peer review prior to the second adjudication panel from which funding recommendations will be agreed upon. 

You will be asked in the form which panel you think would be best suited to adjudicate your application. We appreciate that there are some applications that could be adjudicated by either panel. Please note that the Stroke Association’s Research Team and the Chair of the Funding Panel will make a final decision on which panel adjudicates your application.


  • Stroke Association 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 by their employer 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.
  • For the full eligibility criteria please see the guidance document.


Stage 1 Applications open 11th July 2022.

Applications must be submitted to 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 you find that this is the case and you cannot remember your password, 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 or call 020 7566 1543.

Our adjudication process

Members of the Research Awards Pool will be 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

Please find below the members of the adjudication panels for our Project Grants:

Project Grant Panel Members 2020 

Professor Jane Burridge - University of Southampton

Professor Jesse Dawson - University of Glasgow

Professor Claire Gibson - University of Nottingham

Dr Sarah Dean - University of Exeter

Professor Hugh Markus - University of Cambridge

Dr Chris Price - Newcastle University

Professor Nan Greenwood - Kingston University London

Dr Liz Lightbody - University of Central Lancashire

Dr David Clarke - University of Leeds

Dr Fergus Doubal - University of Edinburgh 

If you are a stroke research expert and would like to register your interest in becoming a member of our Research Awards Pool please email us at  

Success rates for Project Grants

Details on the number of applications received and the number funded for this funding stream in previous rounds: