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  • 2013 R&E Foundation Board of Trustees Report

  • Mission Statement: The mission of the RSNA Research & Education Foundation is to improve patient care by supporting research and education in radiology and related scientific disciplines through funding grants and awards to individuals and institutions that will advance radiologic research, education and practice. 

    This was an outstanding year for the RSNA Research & Education Foundation. Through the collective efforts of our many donors, dedicated volunteers serving on committees, study sections and review panels, the leadership of the Board of Trustees, and the continued support of the RSNA Board of Directors, programs were fostered to advance the mission of the R&E Foundation.

    Research and Education Grants
    Demand for R&E funding continues to climb. During the 2013 grant cycle, 236 grant applications were received by the Foundation, marking an increase of 20% over the previous year and 135% for the past five years. Of these applications, the Foundation was able to fund 83 grants totaling over $3 million – both new records for the Foundation.

    In an effort to fund additional projects and collaborate with our partners in organized radiology, the R&E Foundation awarded joint grants with The Foundation of the ASNR and the AUR R&E Foundation.

    Grant Program Highlights
    The R&E Foundation continues to play a leading role in radiologic research. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded nearly 1,000 grants totaling over $40 million. The trajectory of the R&E Foundation is even greater, surveys indicate that on average, for every dollar awarded by the Foundation, grant recipient receive over $40 of additional funds as principal and co-investigators from sources such as the NIH. R&E grant recipients are engaged in organized radiology and maintain their commitment to research as department chairs and academic leaders.

    Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award
    One hundred and sixty-seven residents and fellows in North American departments of radiology and radiation oncology were recognized for their research activities by both the R&E Foundation and their departments. Nominated by department chairs and program directors, the residents and fellows were presented personalized awards and their names added to wall plaques in their departments that serve as tributes to past recipients.

    Individual, Private Practice and Corporate Giving
    In 2013, total giving exceeded $2.5 million. The Presidents Circle has over 200 members. The upward trend continues in the Visionaries in Practice (VIP) giving program, with private practice partners leading the way as the Foundation’s greatest growth segment. Corporate support for the Foundation remains steadfast and strong, with renewed commitments from many of the Foundation’s long-term corporate partners.

    The Board of Trustees appreciates the tremendous support of the RSNA Board of Directors; members of Foundation committees, study sections, and review panels; and the individual, group and corporate donors who have made 2013 a notable success.

    Respectfully submitted,

    James P. Borgstede, MD
    Chair, Board of Trustees
    RSNA Research & Education Foundation