Stroke Foundation Research Report
The Stroke Foundation Research Program aims to support and translate high quality research that will lead to changes in practice, policy and knowledge resulting in prevention of stroke and improved quality of life for stroke survivors, their families and/or carers.

The Stroke Foundation supports stroke research in three different ways:

  • Funding annual research grants to promote stroke research capacity and generate new stroke knowledge
  • Building strong partnerships to improve stroke research outcomes
  • Leveraging all Stroke Foundation activities to deliver better outcomes for stroke care through research. This includes the consideration of work done in program planning and evaluation, better use of the extensive data held by the Stroke Foundation and a focus on research priority areas.


2020 Research Priority Areas for Early Career Seed Grants

To improve access to and delivery of:

  1. long term community support (e.g. continuity of care, health services, and rehabilitation) with outcome measures beyond 6 months;
  2. interventions for long term psychosocial recovery (i.e. recovery of cognition, communication, and emotional and social wellbeing) with outcome measures beyond 6 months;
  3. health services and pathways of stroke management, including proposals addressing implementation and change in practice (i.e. translation into practice for acute stroke care studies);
  4. support for the diverse needs of Carers.

The Stroke Foundation is committed to supporting the latest evidence-based stroke prevention and treatment. The Stroke Foundation uses the latest research as a basis for all the programs it develops and runs. To support health professionals Stroke Foundation summarises and publishes the best research through the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017. This research summary from the guidelines is then used to make sure all our consumer information is evidence-based.

The Stroke Foundation has a policy for managing requests from external researchers who would like to obtain access to consumers to participate in their stroke related research project. Although the Stroke Foundation can endeavour to assist with the recruitment of participants to take part in research projects and studies, we cannot guarantee securing participants.

The Stroke Foundation will consider developing Partnership Grants with applications from academic institutions. These must outline genuine partnerships, that are developed jointly and address shared priorities. They must be submitted for discussion and decision by the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee at least 4 weeks before applications close to allow adequate time for shared development.

Interested research groups are asked to provide a short background to the preliminary proposal and areas of interest to the Stroke Foundation for consideration by the Research Advisory Committee. Proposals should be sent to

If approved, the Stroke Foundation will work with the research group in the development of the proposal