The National Stroke Foundation (NSF) has recently reviewed its research strategy to provide direction for the next 3 years. This process included a review of the research program activities over the past 6 years, interviews with key research opinion leaders, consideration of how other, similar organisations manage their research objectives and a workshop with NSF staff and researchers from diverse disciplines and research interests. We also surveyed consumers to understand their views on research priorities with input from the NSF Consumer Council.
This work has resulted in a new research strategy which will continue to fund research programs and awards (e.g. post-doctoral fellowships, PhDs) and build strong partnerships to improve research outcomes. It also aims to better leverage all NSF activities to deliver better outcomes for stroke through research. This includes consideration of the work done in program planning and evaluation, better use of the extensive data held by the NSF and a focus on priority areas.
New grants available from the NSF
The National Stroke Foundation is funding the following grants for research:
1. Small Project Grant (SPG): grants for early career researchers. This is a one-year grant up to a value of $20,000 and commencing July 2015. Small project grants will be funded in the following areas:
- research into rehabilitation, or services that improve quality of life (this will generally not include acute interventions)
- basic science (basic biomedical research with relevance to stroke. (E.g. experimental stroke modelling).
2. Seed grants: grants of up to $50,000 for mid-career researchers. 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).
3. Fostering future leader grants: one off grants for early- to mid-career researchers to enable travel, leadership training and formal mentoring. These grants are for up to $10,000.
Applications for all grants must be received by 9.00am Friday 27th March 2015.
Requests for NSF involvement in partnership and other grants
The NSF will consider partnering with academic institutes in developing partnership or other grants schemes. These must outline genuine partnerships or opportunities to address shared priorities and will be developed jointly. Partnership or Project proposals wanting to use NSF programs or resources must be submitted for discussion and decision by the NSF 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 NSF for consideration by the Research Advisory Committee. Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If approved, the NSF will work with the research group in the development of the proposal