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  • R&E Foundation Seed The Future
  • Research Seed Grant

  • Deadline Date: January 16, 2018

    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)/The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 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.

    Apply now
  • Grant Recipients

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

  •  Current Research Seed Grant Recipients 

    Sana D. Karam, MD, PHD Sana D. Karam, MD, PHD
    University of Colorado
    Toshiba America Medical Systems and Canon Group/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Combined Inhibition of EphB4 and EGFR Signaling Enhances Radiosensitization in Head and Neck Cancers
    Steven Yevich, MD, MPH Steven Yevich, MD, MPH
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Transportal Irinotecan Chemoembolization Using a Lipiodol Nano-emulsion (TICL) for the Treatment of Colorectal Liver Metastases in Rat
    Andrei S. Purysko, MD Andrei S. Purysko, MD
    Cleveland Clinic
    Philips/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Radiogenomics of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging Visible and Invisible Prostate Cancers
    Mario Maas, MD, PhD Mario Maas, MD, PhD
    Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
    Toshiba America Medical Systems and Canon Group/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Is Diagnosing Osteochondral Defects in the Talar Joint With T1rho and T2 Mapping the Future?
    Andre Uflacker, MD Andre Uflacker, MD
    University of Virginia
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis With Intra-arterial Particle Embolization in a Non-surgically Induced Ovine Model
    Adam Benjamin Prater, MD, PhD Adam Benjamin Prater, MD, PhD
    Emory University
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Comparison of Multi-parametric Feature Extraction Methods for Outcome Prediction in Patients With Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    Derek Lamont West, MD Derek Lamont West, MD
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Optimization of Electroporation-assisted Nanoparticle Uptake in a Pancreatic Nude Mouse Model
    Ming-Yen Ng, MBBS Ming-Yen Ng, MBBS
    The University of Hong Kong
    RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Cardiac Magnetic Resonance for Asymptomatic Type 2 Diabetics With Cardiovascular High Risk (CATCH): A Pilot Study
    Eduardo Jose Mortani Barbosa, Jr, MD Eduardo Jose Mortani Barbosa, Jr, MD
    University of Pennsylvania
    Fujifilm Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Quantitative Measurement of CT Texture Patterns in Fibrosing Interstitial Lung Diseases: Evaluation of New Imaging Biomarkers for Improved Disease Classification, Stratification of Severity, and Prediction of Prognosis
    Alessandro Furlan, MD Alessandro Furlan, MD
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Hitachi Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant

    Towards an MR-based Computer-aided Diagnostic Program for the Classification of Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System