ASPNR Research Award Policies and Procedures


The ASPNR Research Award is designed to foster opportunities for investigators in pediatric neuroradiology, to gain further insight into scientific investigation, and to develop competence in research.


Any basic and/or clinical science topic relevant to the discipline of pediatric neuroradiology is acceptable. The candidate (or sponsor, if the candidate is a fellow, radiology resident, or medical student) is required to be a member of the ASPNR. Candidates who are trainees must be enrolled in an ACGME-approved radiology residency, an ACGME-approved pediatric radiology or neuroradiology fellowship program, or a North American pediatric neuroradiology fellowship program or medical school. Faculty radiologists who are at the Instructor or Assistant Professor levels are eligible to apply.  Prospective trainees (including fellows, medical students and radiology residents) require a sponsor from the ASPNR and are encouraged to apply.


The award is given to the radiology department to which the investigator belongs, or which is sponsoring the application, in the case of a medical student. The project should be carried out at the institution where the recipient holds a position.



The recipient is eligible for a one-time grant.  It is expected, although not mandated, that the supported research would yield a worthy paper to be submitted to the Program Committee for presentation at the subsequent American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting. As with other submitted papers, this will be judged on a competitive basis. Also, the Society’s official journal, American Journal of Neuroradiology, must have the first opportunity for publication of the work. All scientific publications and exhibits resulting from the research must acknowledge the support of the ASPNR and The Foundation of the ASNR. The recipient is required to submit a written report to the Chair of the ASPNR Research Committee and the Foundation Board of Trustees on the progress of the work one year after receipt of the award.



The stipend for 2017 will be $15,000, with an additional $2,500 included for education, bringing the total award to $17,500. The stipend is to be used to pay for the research project (imaging time, animal care, equipment, and supplies). The funds may not be used to cover travel to the host institution for performing the research or for personal items such as laptops. They may not be used for a study that has already been substantially performed either. Any remaining funds or the education fund may also be used to pay for travel to present the results at the meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The host institution is expected to distribute the gross amount in a fashion that is in compliance with existing state and federal tax codes.  Indirect costs should not be taken out of the award.  The ASPNR reserves the right to limit the full amount of the award based on the scope of the submitted research proposal.  The ASPNR may forgo awarding the research grant in a particular year if the applications do not meet quality or priority requirements as determined by the Research Committee.


The process begins with submission of a Letter of Intent and must be submitted to Kristine Kulpaka at the Headquarters Office ( in pdf format.  Following review, applications will be provided for the most promising projects, and must be submitted electronically to the Headquarters Office. The Letters of Intent and Applications will be judged by the ASPNR Research Committee.