The SPR Research and Education Foundation was informally established in 1988 with a $250,000 endowment from the reserves of the SPR. The first grant was given in 1990 and the REF was formally incorporated in 1994.
In 2010, we produced a 20-year-report celebrating this milestone. Mailed to every SPR member, it is also available by clicking on the image to the right.
It is the policy of the SPR Board of Directors to monitor its reserves and to periodically transfer excess Society reserves to the SPR Research and Education Foundation.
The SPR REF Mission:
The single deadline for SPR REF Grant Awards is March 15th (in years when the 15th falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended until the following Monday.)
- To assess the research and education needs of the pediatric radiology community and develop funding programs to address these needs
- To evaluate applications for funding and make grants for the research and education that will further the art and science of Pediatric imaging,
- To raise and manage the funds that make these grants possible
Note: Every year, the SPR Research and Education Foundation Board works within a defined and formulaic funding budget. There is no pre-determined type or number of grants to be awarded. Particularly with establishment of the Multi-institutional Pilot Grant in 2015, it may not be possible to award grants in all categories each year. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.