Stroke research grants

Stroke Foundation Research Grant Round for 2020 

Applications are now open.

In the 2020 Grant Round, Stroke Foundation’s Research Grants program aims to further build capacity in the research community by offering Early Career Researcher Seed Grants.

This round also aims to address a research gap in carer support by allocating one of the four Seed grants available to this priority area.

Key dates for 2020 Research Grants

  • Grant applications open: Monday 1 July 2019
  • Grant applications close: 5pm AEST Friday 30 August 2019
  • Grants awarded: mid-December 2019

2020 Early Career Researcher Seed Grants

Four (4) Seed Grants in total of up to $50,000 per grant available to early career researchers, addressing (at least) one of the following Stroke Foundation 2020 Research Priority Areas.

One (1) of the four Seed Grants is allocated to a Support for Carers project in the 2020 Round.

These grants are to conduct pilot or feasibility studies that will be used to inform a larger nationally competitive grant submission (e.g. NHMRC project grants).

2020 Research Priority Areas

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.

To Apply

For information on how to apply, download the Stroke Foundation Research Grant Application Guide and read in full before completing the application form.

The Application Guide includes important information including eligibility criteria, grant descriptions, application procedure and FAQs.

2020 Grant Round Application Guide (pdf)

2020 Early Career Seed Grant Application Form (doc)


All applications must be signed and submitted via email to by the Submission Deadline - 5pm AEST Friday 30 August 2019.

Submission Deadline

We understand situations arise at the last minute that can delay applications. For this reason, we encourage applicants to submit your application at least a day ahead of the deadline. Please be aware the Stroke Foundation will not allow extensions and will not allow any applications after the deadline. This ensures an equitable process for all applicants.

Peer Review Process

When reviewing the applications, reviewers are asked to score against each of the criteria outlined in the Descriptor.

Early Career Seed 7 Point descriptor scale 2019 (pdf)

All Research Grants are offered in accordance with the Stroke Foundation Conditions of Research Grant Award.

Seed Grants_Conditions of Research Grant Award (pdf)

For any enquiries and to submit your application please contact:

Stroke Foundation Research Administration & Compliance Officer, Michelle Adamson
Telephone: 03 9918 7215

Stroke Foundation Research Program

The Stroke Foundation’s Research Program aims to support and translate high quality research into changes in practice, policy and knowledge to prevent stroke and improve quality of life for stroke survivors, their families and their 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.

The Program is overseen by the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee of the Board chaired by a special interest research member of the Stroke Foundation Board of Directors. The Committee includes experienced researchers from across Australia who volunteer their time to drive improvements in stroke understanding.

For notification of Stroke Foundation Research Grant Rounds email