Research grants

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Stroke Foundation Research Grant Round.

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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 Stroke Foundation has provided more than $3.2 million in research grants since the Program began.

Types of grants

Since its inception, the Stroke Foundation Research Grant Program has focused on providing a platform for young and mid-career researchers to expand their knowledge and drive improvements in stroke treatment and recovery.

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.

Each year, the Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee determines priorities for the Program and the grant types that will be offered.  Historically the annual Research Program has offered grants in three categories:

  1. Future Leader Grants: one-off grants of up to $10,000 for early-to mid-career researchers to enable leadership training and formal mentoring.
  2. Small Project Grants: single-year grants of up to $20,000 for early career researchers to conduct innovative pilot studies or projects in the key impact areas.
  3. Seed Grants: one-year grants of up to $50,000 for mid-career researchers to conduct pilot or feasibility studies that will inform a larger, nationally competitive grant submissions to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and other granting bodies (e.g. Australian Research Council).

The 2019 Grant Round saw the inception of two new targeted grants offered generously by families who have established Memorial Funds for research:

Tim Glendinning Memorial Fund for Young Adult Stroke

Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund


For any enquiries and to submit your application please contact:

Stroke Foundation Compliance Officer, Michelle Adamson


Phone: 03 9918 7215