Research Seed Grant Program

We are committed to supporting the research and analysis of issues that affect the radiologic sciences. The research seed grant program assists registered radiologic technologists and radiation therapists with an award of up to $3,000 for research in affiliation with an academic or clinical institution. Researchers conducting preliminary or pilot phase research studies are especially encouraged to apply for the seed grant.

Important Dates

Proposals are considered twice yearly. To have your proposal reviewed, submit a completed application by March 1 for the spring round and August 1 for the fall round. Applicants are notified of funding decisions by June 1 for the spring round or December 1 for the fall round.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications must be submitted by an ASRT member who is also registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (or equivalent) or an ASRT member who holds an unrestricted state license or who is enrolled in an accredited radiologic sciences program.

Proposed research projects must be for a period not to exceed one year. Acceptable areas of research include radiation therapy, dosimetry, medical imaging, and radiologic science education and administration. View our Research Agenda for a list of suggested research issues.

Previous grant recipients are eligible to apply. ASRT Foundation Board of Trustees, staff and their immediate family members are ineligible.

Grantee Requirements

If your research proposal is awarded a grant, a grant award package will be sent to you via e-mail. The award package contains important information regarding your award disbursement. You also will receive grant agreement and release forms to be signed and returned to the Foundation.

All grant recipients must agree to:
  • Allow the ASRT and ASRT Foundation to make information about the project proposal (including name of researchers and affiliated institutions) publicly available
  • Complete the final report form

Application

Complete the application and submit the full proposal via e-mail to the ASRT Foundation. Proposals also may be submitted by mail. Download the Research Seed Grant Application. Review the Seed Grant Submission Guidelines before completing and submitting your proposal.

Prior to submitting the full proposal, you may submit a letter of intent for preliminary review of your proposal concept. Letters of intent are reviewed by the ASRT Research Department and feedback will be provided regarding the proposed research relevancy, objective and methodology. Letters of intent are accepted on an ongoing basis via e-mail to the foundation@asrt.org.

See the Research Grants section of our FAQs for details on how to submit your application and how to create an electronic signature.

Selection Process

The ASRT Foundation Board of Trustees approve grant awards. The trustees have established a Research and Grants Advisory Panel of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals to assist in evaluating grant proposals.

The following criteria are used to evaluate each proposal:
  • Significance and relevance of the research question
  • Appropriateness of planned research activities
  • Soundness of budget
  • Thoroughness of literature review

Distribution of Funds

Grant awards are disbursed to the affiliated institution after the completed grant agreement and release forms are received. A final report of expenditures must be submitted when the project is completed and any unused funds returned.