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2017 ASER Research Grant

The ASER initiated a grant program for investigator-initiated research or educational efforts of broad importance to members of the Society. The goal is for ASER funds to be used to allow members to advance their research and education innovations from single-institution work to multi-centered collaboration. This award is a unique opportunity to build collaboration between individuals and institutions, increasing the impact of emergency radiology research and enabling innovation in emergency radiology education. 

Examples for research might include surveys and data collection to establish best practices and benchmarks, evaluation of the effectiveness of curricular and educational activities, or multi-centered evaluation of the effectiveness of varying imaging protocols and approaches. Similarly, educational programs might include development of curricula for emergency radiology residents or fellows, or development of new online educational programs for general use by Society members, but beyond a single institution. 

The program is also expected to encourage interdisciplinary research or educational efforts between emergency radiologists, emergency medicine physicians, and trauma surgeons. We would expect that collaboration supported by this award program could lead to further potentially larger research and educational innovation downstream. Research and education grants will be issued in alternate years, starting with the first research award in 2015.

Number of Grants and Amount

$10,000 per award ($5,000 per year x 2 years.)

There will be one award per year, alternating between education (even years starting 2016) and research (odd years starting 2015).

Allowable Uses

Staff expenses (research assistant, statistics, administrative)

Materials (photo illustration, on-line tools)

Tuition, books

Travel (for collaboration)

The award is not expected to support investigator time

Please note that the award may not be used to fund institutional indirect costs.


Members of ASER worldwide, who remain active and in good standing throughout the duration of the research project. All membership dues payments must be current. Training members shall be required to provide an official departmental letter verifying current enrollment in their training program.

Awardees are expected to present their work at the ASER annual meeting and to submit a manuscript from the project to the Society's journal, Emergency Radiology.


 1) Completed face sheet

2) Limited to 5 pages, including: description, figures, and references
  Title, list of principal investigator and co-investigators, hypothesis, specific aims,
  background and significance, research design and methods, pilot data, references (not
  to exceed 15).

3) Not included in the 5-page limit
    - Biographical sketch for core investigators (two-page NIH format preferred)
    - CV for the principal investigator

    - Statement of support from the department chair
    - Budget (If budget exceeds $10,000, please identify other sources of funding.)
    - Award funds are to be applied to direct costs and may not be applied to institutional
      overhead or any other indirect costs. 

Deadline and Submission Instructions

All applications must be submitted electronically in a single file PDF to no later than December 8, 2017, at 5:00 pm Central Time.

All requested documents must be provided as outlined by or before the stated deadline. No extensions will be afforded. 

The Grant Task Force will review applications and select the award winner by March 2018.


Preference will be given to multi-institutional collaboration and issues/programs that involve a broad group of the Society.

The committee will determine award winners based on the following:

1) Importance of topic and relevance to ASER

2) Collaboration (multi-institutional, multi-specialty)

3) Project design

4) Applicant credentials

5) Innovation


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