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Stroke Foundation 2020 Research Grant Round Applications Open

The Stroke Foundation 2020 Research Grant Round has opened today

Read more about the Stroke Foundation 2020 Research Grant Round (application form and key dates)

Stroke Foundation is on a mission to address a research gap in carer support in its 2020 Research Grant Round.   

Four early career seed grants of up to $50,000 are now on offer for pilot or feasibility studies into stroke treatment and care, with one of the grants specifically allocated to a project addressing support for carers.

Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee Chair Professor Amanda Thrift said carers had diverse needs that were often unmet, making this area a research priority. 

“Caring for someone with a brain injury or other impairment as a result of stroke can be daunting,” Professor Thrift said.  

“Stroke happens in an instant, changing the lives of the survivor and their loved ones overnight.”

“Carers have no time to prepare for the recovery journey ahead. Not only are they confronted with the psychological and physical impact of being a carer, they can experience social isolation, frustration, depression, anxiety, financial pressure, sleep deprivation and burn-out. 

“Researchers are being given an opportunity through this grant round to build evidence of what works well to support carers. Their work has the potential to make a significant difference to lives.”  

There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year – that is one every nine minutes. Worryingly, the number of strokes will continue to climb into the future as our population ages and our lives become more sedentary. 

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan said advances in stroke treatment mean more Australians were surviving stroke than ever before, making the role of carers increasingly important. Ms McGowan said there had been little research specifically focused on this area.

“The Stroke Foundation’s research program fosters the next generation of leaders who will pave the way forward to influence changes in stroke practice, policy and knowledge,” Ms McGowan said. 

“High quality stroke research takes time, but is integral to our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.” 

Stroke Foundation has awarded almost $4.7million to more than 200 researchers since 2008 as part of its Grants program. 

Professor Thrift encouraged the next bright minds in stroke to apply for the 2020 grant round. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference for people impacted by stroke,” she said. 

The grants are open for researchers to conduct pilot or feasibility studies that will be used to inform a larger nationally competitive grant submission (eg.NHMRC). 

Applications close at 5pm AEST Friday August 30, 2019. Grants will be awarded in mid-December. 

More information about the Stroke Foundation 2020 Research Grants.