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Research grants

Stroke Foundation’s Research Program funds annual research grants to promote stroke research capacity and generate new stroke knowledge.

Applications are closed for the 2021 Grant Round.

2021 Grants opened 8 Jul 2020, closed 4 Sept 2020, and will be awarded Dec 2020.

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The priority areas, type and number of grants to be offered is determined each year. Historically offered grants include Future Leader Grants, Small Project Grants (for small scale studies or exploratory research in the key impact areas), and Seed Grants (for pilot or feasibility studies that will be used to inform a larger nationally competitive grant submissions).

Stroke Foundation continues to consider diversity of research grant funding and opportunities to support Australia’s leading and emerging champions of stroke research. Stroke Foundation has established Endowment Memorial Funds for targeted research and a Stroke Research and Innovation Future Fund to increase stroke research capacity, generate new knowledge and support translational research to improve real world practice.

2021 Grants

The Stroke Foundation is excited to expand the research funding opportunities available through its 2021 Grant Round.

Two new targeted research grants are offered to researchers of any career stage, through the generous establishment of Stroke Foundation’s Endowment Memorial Funds:

  • A call for further investment to advance knowledge in the field of young adult stroke through the second grant to be offered by the Tim Glendinning Memorial Fund for Young Adult Stroke. This grant is available to researchers of any career stage.
  • Stroke Foundation’s recently established Nancy and Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund offers a 2-year grant to further primary and/or secondary stroke prevention and target specifically on the areas of stroke education, research and public awareness, including consideration of evidence-based integrative health care. This grant is available to researchers of any career stage.
  • Four (4) Early Career Researcher Seed Grants are offered to continue to build capacity and support Australia’s emerging researchers in the early stages of their career. These grants focus on feasibility and implementation studies.

Across all the grants offered Stroke Foundation welcomes applications focusing on telehealth models of care.

Stroke Foundation continues to consider diversity of research grant funding and opportunities to support Australia’s leading and emerging champions of stroke research. Stroke Foundation has established a Stroke Research and Innovation Future Fund to increase stroke research capacity, generate new knowledge and support translational research to improve real world practice.

Early Career Researcher Seed Grants

Four (4) Early Career Researcher Seed Grants are offered, up to $50,000 in total per grant, addressing (at least) one of the following 2021 Research Priority Areas:

  1. Feasibility or efficacy studies of long term community support (e.g. continuity of care, health services, and primary care) with outcome measures beyond 6 months.
  2. Feasibility or efficacy studies of interventions for long term psychosocial recovery (i.e. recovery of cognition, communication, and emotional and social wellbeing) with outcome measures beyond 6 months.
  3. Implementation studies of health services and pathways of stroke management that have already been shown to have efficacy (i.e. studies on how to translate these processes into acute and subacute practice).
  4. Implementation studies to improve the support of Carers. 

2021 Early Career Seed Grant Application is closed

Tim Glendinning Memorial Research Grant for Young Adult Stroke

One (1) Grant of up to $75,000 in total over 1.5 years available to researchers of any career stage to address research in Australia that:

"Identifies enablers and barriers to engagement with young adult stroke survivors and tests novel strategies to engage with young adult stroke survivors to achieve optimal outcomes (e.g. Peer support, continuity of care).

Proposals must demonstrate collaborative partnership with consumers, be transformative and solutions-based with national reach." 

2021 Tim Glendinning Grant Application is closed

Prevention Grant - Nancy and Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Memorial Fund

One (1) Grant of up to $100,000 in total over two (2) years available to researchers of any career stage to address research in Australia that:

"Furthers primary and/or secondary stroke prevention and targets specifically on the areas of stroke education, research and public awareness, including consideration of evidence-based integrative health care (e.g. meditation, yoga)." 

2021 Nancy Vic Allen Grant Application is closed

Peer Review Process

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

Early Career Seed 7 Point descriptor scale

Tim Glendinning Grant 7 Point descriptor scale

Nancy and Vic Allen Prevention Grant 7 Point descriptor scale


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

Seed Grants Conditions of Research Grant Award

Tim Glendinning Grant Conditions of Research Grant Award

2-Year Grant Conditions of Research Grant Award

About Stroke Foundation's Research Grants

Stroke research is a core part of our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. By supporting research, we are fostering the current and next generation of leaders who will pave the way forward to the next innovation in stroke prevention, treatment and care.

Stroke Foundation’s Research Program funds annual research grants to promote stroke research capacity and generate new stroke knowledge. Since 2008, the Stroke Foundation has awarded almost $4.9 million in research grants to more than 200 researchers.

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. All applications are reviewed, scored and ranked by independent and external reviewers. Funding recommendations are based on the highest ranking applications in accordance with the funding pool available.

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