• 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 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.

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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 

    Kelly L. Cox, DO Kelly L. Cox, DO
    Emory University

    MRI Liver Surface Nodularity Score as a New Noninvasive Biomarker for Chronic Viral Hepatitis

    Hitachi Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Matthew Scott Davenport, MD Matthew Scott Davenport, MD
    University of Michigan

    A Phase IV Randomized Double-blinded Placebo-controlled Noninferiority Study of the Effect of Intravenous Low-osmolality Iodinated Contrast Material on Renal Function in Postoperative Adults with Stage IIIb or Stage IV Chronic Kidney Disease

    RSNA Research Seed Grant
     Nasrin V. Ghesani, MBBS Nasrin V. Ghesani, MBBS
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

    Novel Gallium Imaging in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Daniel Thomas Ginat, MD Daniel Thomas Ginat, MD
    University of Chicago

    MRI-guided Minimally Invasive Laser Ablation of Recurrent Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Clinicoradiological Correlation for Treatment Response

    Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Thomas A. Hope, MD Thomas A. Hope, MD
    University of California, San Francisco

    Interim Response to Y-90 Therapy of Neuroendocrine Tumor Using DOTA-TOC PET/MRI

    Philips Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Stephen J. Hunt, MD, PhD Stephen J. Hunt, MD, PhD
    University of Pennsylvania

    Combining Antivascular Ultrasound and Immune Modulation for Systemic Control in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    FUJIFILM Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Naveen Kalra, MBBS, MD Naveen Kalra, MBBS, MD
    Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

    Comparison of Virtual CT Enteroscopy with Small Bowel Enteroclysis in Patients with Suspected Small Bowel Tuberculosis

    RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Viviane Khoury, MD Viviane Khoury, MD
    University of Pennsylvania

    Ultrasound-guided Dry Needling Therapy for Tendinopathic Rat Supraspinatus Tendon: Histological and Mechanical Effects

    Philips Healthcare/RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Bruce E. Lehnert, MD Bruce E. Lehnert, MD
    University of Washington

    Automatic Image Quality Evaluation for CT Protocol Guidance

    RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Yingbing Wang Yingbing Wang, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Multiparametric Imaging for Therapy Monitoring in Multiple Myeloma

    RSNA Research Seed Grant
    Kristina Young Kristina Young, MD, PhD
    Providence Portland Medical Center

    Targeting Cancer Associated Fibroblasts to Enhance Radiation Efficacy

    RSNA Research Seed Grant