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  • 2016 R&E Foundation Board of Trustees Report

  • 2016 Report of the RSNA Research & Education Foundation

    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 exceptional record setting year for the RSNA Research & Education Foundation. Through the collective efforts of our many donors, dedicated volunteers, 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, the RSNA and the radiology community as a whole.

    Research and Education Grants

    Demand for R&E funding remains strong. During the 2016 grant cycle, 265 grant applications were received by the Foundation. Of these applications, the Foundation was able to fund 86 new grants; when continuing commitments are included, the Foundation is supporting 101 grants totaling over $4 million in research and education projects— both new high level marks for the Foundation.

    Grant Program Highlights

    The R&E Foundation continues to play an essential role in radiologic research and research career development. Since its inception, the Foundation has funded 1,300 grants totaling $52 million. The trajectory of the R&E Foundation is even greater. Surveys indicate that on average, for every dollar awarded by the Foundation, grant recipients receive over $40 of additional funds as principal and co-investigators from sources such as the NIH. In total, R&E grants have enabled over $2 billion in research. R&E grant recipients continue the cycle of support for the specialty as leaders in the RSNA and organized radiology. Many recipients have continued and strengthened their commitment to research as scientific advisors to R&E grant applicants, department chairs and academic leaders.

    Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award

    This year, 181 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 2016, total giving exceeded $2.5 million. The Presidents Circle has 208 members. Private practice giving through the Visionaries in Practice giving program is strong, with a total of 37 practice groups participating in the program this year with total donations of $530,000. Several groups have made multi-year commitments. Corporate support for the Foundation is consistent, as many original Vanguard companies elect to renew their commitments to the Foundation.

    Inspire-Innovate-Invest: The Campaign for Funding Radiology’s Future®

    The $17.5 million Campaign was publicly launched during the 2014 RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. To date, $13.6 million in donations and commitments have been made to the Campaign. There are a variety of ways for individuals, practice groups and corporations to support the Campaign. The Board of Trustees appreciates the generous support of the RSNA Board of Directors, contributions made by members of Foundation committees, study sections, and review panels and the individual, group and corporate donors who have made 2016 a noteworthy success.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Burton P. Drayer, MD
    Chair, Board of Trustees
    RSNA Research & Education Foundation