Project Grants are our most popular funding stream, and they cover the whole spectrum of stroke research - from secondary prevention, through to treatment and rehabilitation in a clinical setting, and longer-term in the community.

Please note that we have combined our previously separate forms for the two types of proposal that we welcome into one application form.

Clinical Trial Project Grants

These are project grant proposals which incorporate a randomised controlled trial or other clinical trial of a device or an intervention. For example, trialling a previously developed intervention on a population of people, either stroke survivors or people unaffected by stroke.

These grants are intended to:

  • Support the early phases of trials with the intention that, if successful, they proceed to the full trial stage supported by a large funder such as the MRC or NIHR.
  • Support the creation of UK centres for large international clinical trials in stroke medicine. Such applications will be in association with, and support the work of, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN), or an equivalent regional research support network organisation before the application is submitted.

Developmental Research Project Grants

These are project grant proposals that are focused on areas which do not incorporate randomised controlled or other types of clinical trials. This includes study proposals in observational or epidemiological studies, basic laboratory science or early developmental/ proof of concept studies.

Although projects involving the use of laboratory animals are eligible, we do not expect project grant applications to include animal research due to the budget envelope of this scheme.

Priorities for funding

The purpose of the proposed research project must be directly related to stroke illness. Applications in the fields of secondary prevention, diagnosis, imaging, childhood stroke, therapy both medical and surgical, assessment and rehabilitation are particularly welcome.

For this Project Grant call, we are particularly interested in receiving research applications in the areas of fatigue and stroke carers. We want to focus some investment into these areas of unmet need, which are underfunded and currently take a heavy toll on people affected by stroke. For further information and to address these issues in your application, please see the fatigue and carers highlight notices.

Award amount and duration

These awards are for up to £250,000, over a period of up to 3 years. In exceptional circumstances, awards may be granted for 5 years.


The deadline for applications for our 2020 Project Grants was 5pm on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

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.


External Peer Review: three months after the deadline. You'll be informed if you're unsuccessful at this stage.

Discussion at Panel: five months after the deadline.

Internal approval: six months after the deadline.

The Research Awards Panel meetings will take place in June. We aim to let applicants know whether they have been successful or not as soon as possible after the award has been approved following the meeting of the relevant committee in July.


  • 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 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.


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 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 or call 020 7566 1543.

Our adjudication process

Members of the new 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 2019 (Clinical)

  • Professor David Werring (Chair), Professor of Clinical Neurology, University College London.
  • Professor Hugh Markus, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Jesse Dawson, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Glasgow.
  • Professor Andy Vail, Professor of Clinical Biostatistics, University of Manchester.
  • Dr Tracy Farr, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham.
  • Plus two members of our patient and public involvement group, Stroke Voices in Research.

Project Grant 2019 (Rehabilitation) 

  • Professor Sarah Tyson (Chair), Professor of Rehabilitation, University of Manchester.
  • Professor Amanda Farrin, Professor of Clinical Trials and Evaluation of Complex Interventions, University of Leeds.
  • Professor Karen Sage, Professor of Allied Health Professions, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Dr Terry Quinn, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow.
  • Dr Sue Hunter, Senior Lecturer, Keele University.
  • Plus two 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  

Success rates for Project Grants

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