Research Scholar Grant

This R&E Foundation grant supports junior faculty members who have completed resident and fellowship programs, but haven’t been recognized as independent investigators. Our funding not only helps establish recipients as investigators, but also supports them as they collect preliminary data that could lead to other funding in the future.

Application cycle closed

The 2024–25 application cycle for the Research Scholar Grant is closed. The next application cycle will open in October 2024.

Nature of projects

Any area of research in the radiologic sciences is eligible for funding. Projects may include any of the following:

  • Hypothesis-driven basic science
  • Clinical investigation
  • Drug, device or therapy development
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Evidence-based radiology
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Quality improvement
  • Clinical practice efficiency
  • Imaging informatics

Please note, though any of the above topics are accepted, 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. 

Award amount

Grant recipients receive up to $100,000 a year for two years to be used as salary support and to cover research-related expenses.


Any junior radiology faculty member may apply for the Research Scholar Grant, as long as you are an RSNA member and meet the following criteria:

  • You must hold a full-time faculty position in a department of radiology, radiation oncology or nuclear medicine within a North American educational institution.
  • You must have been hired within the last 8 years with an academic rank of instructor, assistant professor or an equivalent title.
  • You must have completed advanced training and be certified by either the American Board of Radiology (ABR), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or are on track for certification.
  • You cannot have been a principal investigator on a grant or contract totaling more than $60,000 in a single year. This includes single and combined grants and contracts from government, private and commercial sources.
  • You and your principal investigators cannot be employed by any for-profit, commercial company in the radiologic sciences.
  • You cannot submit more than one grant application to the RSNA R&E Foundation a year and cannot have a concurrent RSNA grant.
  • Funding from other grant sources must be approved by Foundation staff if it wasn’t described in the original research plan.
  • You cannot have previously accepted any of the following grants: ARRS Scholar Award, AUR GE-Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF), RSNA Research Scholar Grant.

While applications are accepted from departments that currently host Research Scholar Grant recipients, only two new nominations may be submitted per department, per year.

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Current recipients

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About the R&E Foundation


Our Research & Education Foundation provides a critical source of support for investigators. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1984 we’ve awarded over 1,900+ grants. That’s $84 million in funding for radiology research and improving patient care.