• Research Seed Grant

  • Deadline Date: January 15, 2016

    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 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 

    Abazeed, Mohamed Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD
    Cleveland Clinic

    Integrative Radiogenomics and Precision Therapy in Squamous Cell Lung Cancer
    RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Aghayev, Ayaz Ayaz Aghayev, MD
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    The Gravitational Gradient in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Andre, Jalal Jalal B. Andre, MD
    University of Washington

    Arterial Spin Labeling - A Novel and Accurate MRI Metric to Predict Clinically Significant Vasospasm Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Fowler, Amy Amy Marie Fowler, MD, PhD
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Impact of Endocrine-resistant Estrogen Receptor-alpha Variants on [18F]Fluoroestradiol Imaging of Breast Cancer

    Philips Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Hrycushko, Brian Brian Andrew Hrycushko, PhD, MS
    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Local Hypothermia as a Radioprotector During Prostate Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

    RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Jaremko. Jacob Jacob L. Jaremko, MD, PhD
    University of Alberta

    3D Ultrasound of Infant Hips: Toward an Understanding of Normal Development and Improved Detection of Hip Dysplasia

    RSNA Research Seed Grant  
    Koay, Eugene Eugene Jon Koay, MD, PhD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Predicting Gemcitabine Delivery in Pancreatic Cancer with Principles of Mass Transport

    Philips Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Ling, Wen Wen Ling, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

    Selective and Quantitative Detection of Proteoglycan in disc by iTIP gagCEST

    RSNA Research Seed Grant  
    Nadolski, Gregory Gregory Jon Nadolski, MD
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Near Infrared Fluorescence Imaging of Matrix-Metalloprotease-2 Activity as a Biomarker of Vascular Remodeling in Hemodialysis Access

    RSNA Research Seed Grant  
    Oei, Edwin Edwin H.G. Oei, MD, PhD
    Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

    Quantitative Dynamic Contrast-enhanced MRI for Studying Bone Perfusion

    Hitachi Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Sista, Akhilesh Akhilesh Keshav Sista, MD
    Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

    Assessment of a Multi-variable Physiologic Profile's Ability to Determine Catheter-directed Thrombolysis Efficacy in Real-time using a Porcine Model of Submassive Pulmonary Embolism

    FUJIFILM Medical Systems /RSNA Research Seed Grant  
    Stein, Joel Joel M. Stein, MD, PhD
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Glioblastoma Radiosensitization with Polymeric Micelles Containing Gold and Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

    RSNA Research Seed Grant 
    Tam, Alda, 12 Alda Lui Tam, MD
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Developing an Electroporation and Nanoparticle-based Therapeutic Platform for Bone Metastases: Evaluation of Local Delivery Strategies to Optimize Intratumoral Nanoparticle Uptake

    Bayer Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant  
     Yamamoto, Tokihiro Tokihiro Yamamoto, PhD
    University of California, Davis

    CT-based Pulmonary Gas Exchange Imaging for Personalized Radiotherapy

    Philips Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant