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  • Research Seed Grant

  • Deadline Date: January 17, 2017

    Purpose: To enable all levels of investigators throughout the world in defining objectives and testing hypotheses in preparation of major grant applications to corporations, foundations, and governmental agencies. The seed data from these projects will indicate feasibility and appropriateness of the research prior to applying for funds from other agencies.

    Nature of Projects:

    • Any area of research related to the radiologic sciences, from hypothesis-driven basic science and clinical investigations to topics such as drug, device, and therapy development; comparative effectiveness, evidence-based radiology, ethics and professionalism, quality improvement, clinical practice efficiency, and imaging informatics.
    • This grant mechanism will be open to all levels of radiologic investigators, with an established academic appointment.
    • Applications should describe the unique nature of the research effort independent of existing research efforts. Greater emphasis will be placed on the likelihood of this research to attract future funding given the nature and extent of the preliminary data collected within the cycle of the grant.
    • Projects focused on advancing imaging science, developing or evaluating medical imaging technology, or making innovative use of imaging science to answer important biologic or clinical questions are encouraged.

    Amount: Up to $40,000 United States Dollars (USD) for a 1-year project to support the preliminary or pilot phase of scientific projects, not to supplement major funding already secured. No salary support for the principal investigator will be provided.


    • Applications are accepted from individuals throughout the world.
    • Applicant must be an RSNA Member (at any level) at the time of application. If the applicant's membership category is Member-in-Training or any other non dues-paying category, the scientific advisor or one of the co-investigators must be a dues-paying member. Check your membership status, or become a member today - visit the RSNA Membership Web site for details.
    • Applicant must hold a full-time faculty position in a department of radiology, radiation oncology, or nuclear medicine within an educational institution. If an applicant is not a full-time faculty member at the time of application but will become a full-time faculty member when the award commences, a letter from the department chair attesting to this appointment must be included.
    • Board Certification:
      • Applicants in North American institutions must have completed advanced training and be certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or equivalent, or on track for certification. See the American Board of Radiology Website for details, TheABR.org.
      • Applicants in institutions outside North America must have completed advanced training and be certified by the radiology board in their country (where applicable).
    • Applicant must not have been principal investigator on external/extramural grant/contract amounts totaling more than $60,000 USD in a single year. The restriction on prior funding includes support from single or combined grants or contracts from any source including government, private or industrial/commercial sources.
    • Applicant/co-principal investigators must not be agents of any for-profit, commercial company in the radiologic sciences.
    • Applicant may not submit more than one research or education grant application to the RSNA R&E Foundation per year.
    • Recipients may not have concurrent RSNA grants.
    • Supplementation of funding from other grant sources must be approved by Foundation staff if not described in the original research plan. Awards from other sources may be approved by Foundation staff if the investigator submits a satisfactory plan to address any budgetary overlap.

    Full Details: Download the Research Seed Grant   Policies and Procedures (now with grant application instructions and guidelines)

    Application Process: Applications are completed online using the Online Grant Application System.

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  • Grant Recipients

  • To view additional recipients from prior years, please use our online Grant and Award Recipient Search tool.

  •  Current Research Seed Grant Recipients 

    Anil Chauhan, MD Anil Chauhan, MD
    University of Pennsylvania
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse Shear Wave Velocity of Abdominal Wall Musculature for Clinical Hernia Risk Prediction
    Derik L. Davis, MD Derik L. Davis, MD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Hitachi Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Quantitative MRI of the Shoulder in Older Adults: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Association of Intramuscular Fatty Infiltration, Functional Outcome and Re-tear Rate Following Surgical Repair of Rotator Cuff Tears
    Priyanka Jha, MBBS Priyanka Jha, MBBS
    University of California, San Francisco
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Noninvasive In Vivo Hyperpolarized [1-13C] Pyruvate Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Detect Alterations in Placental Metabolism in Gestational Hypertensive Disorders in a Small Animal Model
    Avinash Ramesh Kambadakone, MD Avinash Ramesh Kambadakone, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Multi-parametric DECT Assessment of Therapeutic Response to Neo-adjuvant Chemo Radiation in Pancreatic Cancer Patients to Determine Surgical Resectability
    Alexander Lerner, MD Alexander Lerner, MD
    University of Southern California
    Philips/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Utility of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound and 4DCT for Preoperative Detection and Localization of Parathyroid Adenomas
    Sara Lewis, MD Sara Lewis, MD
    Mount Sinai Medical Center
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    MRI-based Surrogate Imaging Markers of Transcriptome Subclasses and Signatures in Hepatocellular Carcinoma
    Timur Mitin, MD, PhD Timur Mitin, MD, PhD
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Novel Imaging of Lymph Nodes in Patients with Rectal Cancer Using Ferumoxytol-enhanced MRI
    Nima Nabavizadeh, MD Nima Nabavizadeh, MD
    Oregon Health & Science University
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Circulating Tumor DNA in Plasma of Patients Undergoing Trimodality Therapy for Esophageal Cancer: A Potential Tool for Neoadjuvant Treatment Response Assessment
    Thanh Binh Nguyen, MD Thanh Binh Nguyen, MD
    The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa
    Bayer HealthCare/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Preoperative Identification of Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Mutation in Gliomas using MR Spectroscopy, Diffusion-weighted and Perfusion-weighted Imaging
    O. Kenechi Nwawka, MD O. Kenechi Nwawka, MD
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Use of Elastography to Quantify Change in Upper Extremity Muscle Spasticity Following Botox Injection in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy
    Prashant Raghavan, MD Prashant Raghavan, MD
    University of Maryland
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Neural Network Disruption in Perinatal Hypoxic Ischemic Injury as a Predictor of Neurodevelopmental Outcome
    Ty Kanyn Subhawong, MD Ty Kanyn Subhawong, MD
    University of Miami
    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Semi-automated qMRI to Assess Desmoid Tumor Volumetric and Stromal Changes Induced by Systemic Therapy
    Mubin Isaac Syed, MD Mubin Isaac Syed, MD
    Dayton Interventional Radiology
    Cook Medical Cesare Gianturco/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Gastric Artery Embolization Trial for LEssening Appetite Nonsurgically Part 2 (GET LEAN II)
    Aradhana Mukherjea Venkatesan, MD Aradhana Mukherjea Venkatesan, MD
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Functional and Metabolic Imaging Biomarkers of Radiation Response in High Risk HPV+ Tumors
    Etay Ziv, MD, PhD Etay Ziv, MD, PhD
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Signaling Pathways Predictive of Response to Radioembolization of Colorectal Liver Metastases