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. Faculty in North American departments of radiology who are at the Instructor or Assistant Professor levels with a formal faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Adjunct faculty or other adjunct scholars are ineligible. Prospective trainees (including clinical fellows, radiology residents, and medical students) require a sponsor from the ASPNR and are encouraged to apply as well. Candidates who are trainees must be enrolled in a North American ACGME-approved Radiology residency program, an ACGME-approved Pediatric Radiology or Neuroradiology fellowship program, or a North American Pediatric Neuroradiology fellowship program or medical school. The candidate (or sponsor, if the candidate is a clinical fellow, radiology resident, or medical student) is required to be a member of the ASPNR.


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. The Society’s official journal, American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR), 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 of the ASNR Board of Trustees on the progress of the work one year after receipt of the award.


The stipend for 2018 will be $25,000, with an additional $2,500 included for education, bringing the total award to $27,500. 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. Any remaining stipend funds, or the education fund, may be used to pay for travel to present the results at the Annual Meeting of the ASNR. The education component should be used for relevant educational purposes or to present the results at the annual meeting of the ASNR only, and cannot be used for the research component or salary support. 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. If the host institution requires indirect costs be taken out of the award, the applicant will become ineligible. 

ASPNR reserves the right to limit the full amount of the award based on the scope of the submitted research proposal. The ASPNR also reserves the right to cancel an application at any time if the policies and procedures outlined in this guide are not followed. 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, which can be downloaded from the ASPNR website (, and must be submitted to Kristine Kulpaka ( in .pdf format.The deadline for letter of intent is Jan 22, 2018Following review, applications will be provided for the most promising projects, and must be submitted electronically to the Headquarters Office. The Letters of Intent and subsequent full applications will be judged by a subcommittee of the ASPNR Research Committee. The applications will be scored based on overall merit, importance of topic, hypothesis, methodology, investigator,  availability of resources, academic career significance, and budget allocation.