About the SPR Research & Education Foundation

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 2015, we developed a 5-year report and launched the 2nd Campaign for Children: Building the Future of Children's Imaging. Click on the Blue cover to review. 

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: 

      • 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   

      Research Grants

      The Research and Education Foundation of the Society for Pediatric Radiology annually offers funds to foster research and education in pediatric radiology.

      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.)

      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. 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.

      The Grants Programs offered are:

      • Seed Grant
      • Education Project Award  
      • The Pilot Award
      • The Multi-institutional Pilot Award
      • Young Investigator Grant Award 

      Online Application forms can be found on the specific tabs.  

      Note the following:

      • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
      • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the next tab.
      • These faculty and institutional requirements are to be considered a general guideline. The goal is to ensure that SPR members’ research is supported in settings that contribute to the success of the proposed work. Because there are unique academic and research situations that could fall outside these guidelines, please contact the REF leadership to learn if your situation would be acceptable.
      • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
      • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

      For the 2019 funding cycle, the SPR Research and Education Foundation calls for research inquiries on the following topics:

      • Elucidation of the pathophysiology and differentiation of child abuse skeletal injury versus rickets/vitamin D deficiency
      • Development and validation of a novel pediatric disease specific imaging biomarker.
      • Evaluation of a new or emerging technology which will substantially reduce or eliminate radiation exposure of pediatric imaging procedures.

      The Research and Education Foundation of the Society for Pediatric Radiology annually offers funds to foster research and education in pediatric radiology. The deadline is March 15 each year.

      The purpose of the Seed Grant award is to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. Any area of radiology-related research is acceptable, but the Foundation Board has announced research priorities. This information is found on the topics tab on this page. 

      Amount: 18-month grants of $10,000 or less to support a specific research project. No salary support will be provided.

      Beginning in 2008, each year, the SPR REF Board may award a

      John Dorst - Felix Fleischner Seed Grant in Thoracic Pediatric Radiology

      • This award is a seed grant awarded on a pediatric thoracic radiology topic made possible by a donation from Past President, Dr. Jerald Kuhn.    

      Note the following:

      • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
      • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the labeled tab.
      • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
      • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

      Questions? Contact Jennifer Boylan at jboylan@acr.org.

      Instructions

      Online Application

       

      The SPR Research and Education Foundation Education Project Grant is intended to provide support for pediatric radiology education projects. Awards will be based on merit, including expertise and available resources, but should also endeavor to focus on education and learning related to unique aspects of imaging or image-guided therapy/intervention in children, promote the importance of imaging or imaging expertise in improving health care in children, cultivate multidisciplinary cooperation, and provide opportunities for additional funding.   Projects will be preferred which lead to the creation of enduring web-based or electronic resources to improve teaching and learning of pediatric radiology and which can be disseminated without charge to SPR members and via the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging.


      Amount: $10,000 support for 18 months; funds can be used to arrange protected time.   

      General Qualifications

      • The project leader must be a member of the Society for Pediatric Radiology.
      • Applicants must hold a full-time faculty position in an educational institution at the time the award commences.   
      • Applicants must be in a department of diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology or nuclear medicine and have completed all advanced training. 
      • Note the following:

        • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
        • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the labeled tab.
        • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
        • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

      Instructions 

      Online Application 

      The Research and Education Foundation of the Society for Pediatric Radiology annually offers funds to foster research and education in pediatric radiology. The purpose of the Young Investigator  award (formerly Research Fellow award) is to provide young investigators not yet professionally established in the radiologic sciences an opportunity to gain further insight into scientific investigation and to develop competence in research techniques and methods.

      Any area of radiology-related research is acceptable, but the Foundation Board has announced research priorities. This information is found on the topics tab on this page. 

      This grant can be used to fund protected time for a one or two-year fellowship, or as a transition-to-faculty award to buy additional protected time within the first five years of faculty appointment. This award requires the naming of an official Mentor in the department. 

      Amount: $30,000 salary support for one year. Application for renewal for a second year of salary support will be considered based on progress toward the stated goals during the initial year.  

      Note the following:

      • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
      • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the labeled tab.
      • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
      • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

       

      Application Instructions

      Online Application

       

      The SPR Pilot Award is designed to provide a higher level of support for pediatric radiology-related projects of merit.

      Amount – up to $50,000.

      Funding will be based on merit, including expertise and available resources, but should also endeavor to focus on unique aspects of imaging or image-guided therapy/intervention in children, promote the importance of imaging or imaging expertise in improving health care in children, embrace broader cross boundary impact, including public policy or translational medicine, cultivate multidisciplinary cooperation, and provide opportunities for additional funding.

      Any area of radiology-related research is acceptable, but the Foundation Board has announced research priorities. This information is found on the topics tab on this page.  

      Note the following:

      • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
      • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the labeled tab.
      • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
      • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

      Application Instructions

      Online Application  

      Questions? Contact Jennifer Boylan at jboylan@acr.org.

      The SPR Multi-institutional Pilot Award is designed to provide a higher level of support for pediatric radiology-related projects of merit conducted across multiple institutions.

      Amount – up to $100,000.

      Funding will be based on merit, including expertise and available resources, but should also endeavor to focus on unique aspects of imaging or image-guided therapy/intervention in children, promote the importance of imaging or imaging expertise in improving health care in children, embrace broader cross boundary impact, including public policy or translational medicine, cultivate multidisciplinary cooperation, and provide opportunities for additional funding.  Check the "Topics" tab for this year's  announced research priorities.

      Note the following:

      • 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 and it is possible that a category will have no funded awards. Grant applications and funding decisions will be considered within grant category and also within the context of all applications of all grant types.
      • The research priorities the Board has announced appear on the labeled tab.
      • Beginning in 2017, we ask that each Department submit only one application per grant category. 
      • The online submission forms cannot be saved mid-process. Please be prepared to complete in one sitting.

      Application Instructions

      Online Application 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      https://radsociety.wufoo.com/forms/q6hy15v0ikbeto/

       

      Questions? Contact Jennifer Boylan at jboylan@acr.org.

      Giving

      First things first

      ALWAYS speak first with your financial planner about designing your finances to support the people and causes you love. 

      Once you've decided you'd like to give the SPR Research and Education Foundation, feel free to contact Jennifer Boylan, the SPR Foundation's Managing Director, if you have any questions or want more information. 

      Make a Pledge/Donate

      Visit our secure payment site to make a donation to the Foundation. 

      If you would like to arrange for a larger gift, contact the SPR' Foundation's Managing Director, Jennifer Boylan at 703-648-0680 or jboylan@acr.org.  You may also wish to review the form available at this link.

      Oh, and thank you!

      Memorial - Honorary - Celebratory Programs

      Members of the Society have organized several campaigns in honor of SPR members in support of specific programs. These funds are listed below.  Unrestricted Memorial, Honorary and Celebratory Donations are always accepted and will be recognized at the Society's annual meeting.  

      The Heidi Patriquin Fund 

      In memory of Dr. Heidi Patriquin, a much-beloved and respected member of the Society, who passed away in November 2000. The donations to this fund are designated to support the Heidi Patriquin International Fellowship for Education. 

      Donations to this Fund can be made by selecting that option in the online donation site or by sending a check and note to: 


      The SPR Research and Education Foundation
      Heidi Patriquin Fund
      1891 Preston White Drive 
      Reston, VA 20191  

      The Jack O. Haller Fund 

      In memory of Dr. Jack O. Haller, a loved and respected member of the Society, who passed away in June 2004. The donations to this fund are designated to support the Jack O. Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching  

      Donations to this Fund can be made by selecting that option in the online donation site or by sending a check and note to: 

      The SPR Research and Education Foundation
      Jack O. Haller Fund
      1891 Preston White Drive 
      Reston, VA 20191  

      Bequest

      Just takes a simple designation in your will or trust and costs nothing during lifetime. They are easy and revocable if situation changes.

      Living Trust

      Avoids probate. Just name the SPR Research and Education Foundation as a beneficiary.

      Gift Annuity

      A simple agreement that can increase your cash flow from a gift that provides guaranteed fixed payments for life.

      Lifetime annuity payments

      Based on age may be two or three times higher than your cash return on low-earning securi-ties or CDs.

      Life Insurance

      Donate policy and deduct future premium payments, or just name the SPR Research and Education Foundation as policy beneficiary. Individuals typically pay less than $1 for $1 of coverage.

      Charitable Remainder Trust

      Great tool for selling assets tax-free and receiving income for life; the remaining assets go to SPR Research and Education Foundation. It provides steady cash flow and can be more beneficial than keeping an asset or selling it outright.

      Retirement Assets

      Retirement funds paid to your kids at your passing can get hit with income and estate taxes, but are tax-free to SPR Research and Education Foundation. Funds left to children may be hit with income and estate tax of 70% or more.

      Charitable Lead Trust

      You greatly reduce or avoid estate tax on trust assets passing to family... if some trust income goes to SPR Research and Education Foundation for a few years. Trust provides generous estate and gift tax deductions for wealth transferred to family at a more mature age.

      Lifetime Bequest

      A “Lifetime Bequest” is a combination of a gift or pledge now plus an estate gift later to facilitate and maximize the impact of your giving.

      Estate Gift Portion

      Charitable Bequest in your will or trust, or Beneficiary Designation in your IRA or other retirement plan, life insurance policy, bank or brokerage account.

      Other

      You can request a naming opportunity (e.g. name a fund or project in memory of a loved one) in exchange for your binding commitment.

      Awards

      General Information

      The Research and Education Foundation offers two award programs each year.

      • The Jack O. Haller Award for Excellence in Pediatric Radiology Education
      • The Heidi Patriquin Fellowship for International Education 

      The deadline for submission of materials is November 1 each year.

      Heidi Patriquin International Fellowship for Education

       

      Jack O. Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching