ASPNR Research Award Policies and Procedures

(2018-2019 Cycle)


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. Previous recipients of the award will remain ineligible for 5 years. Given the goals of the grant, applicants should not apply if they have already received funding from government agencies or ASNR- or SPR-related grant mechanisms for the same or substantially similar project.


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 on the progress of the work one year after receipt of the award.


The stipend for 2019 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. If the host institution requires indirect costs be taken out of the award, the applicant will become ineligible and the institution will need to forfeit the funds if the grant had already been awarded. The ASPNR reserves the right to limit awarding 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 one page Letter of Intent, which can be downloaded from the ASPNR website (, and must be submitted to Theresa Espinosa ( in .pdf format.  Following review, applications will be provided for the most promising projects, and must be submitted electronically to the Headquarters Office at 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.

For the 2018-2019 cycle, the deadline for submitting the Letter of Intent is December 14, 2018 at 9:00AM central standard time.

For prior Winners of the ASPNR Research Award, click here.