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Ethics and Professionalism in Radiology Project Grant

AUR R&E Foundation Ethics and Professionalism in Radiology Grant

(Funded by the Branta Foundation)

Policies and Procedures

 

Purpose
To improve patient care, to improve patient safety, and to promote social responsibility in medical care and practice, by providing funding opportunities for the study and teaching of ethics and professionalism in radiology.

 

Nature of Projects
Applications that address any aspect of ethics and professionalism in radiology will be considered. Examples of types of projects include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Research of ethical dilemmas faced by academic radiologists or radiology physicians-in-training and the methods by which the dilemmas are addressed;
  • Educational program to teach ethics and professionalism to practicing radiologists, to radiology physicians-in-training, or to allied members of the academic radiology community.

Amount
In this program, up to $50,000 (USD) in aggregate may be awarded in a single year. This aggregate award may be to one or more individual applications.

  • The maximum individual award may not exceed $50,000 for a one year project.
  • The awards may be used for salary support and/or other project costs. Through this grant program, the AUR Research & Education Foundation does not pay institutional indirect costs or overhead costs, or tuition.
  • Unexpended funds must be returned to the Foundation.

Payment Schedule
Ethics and Professionalism in Radiology Project Grants begin in July. Grant payments will be made to the organizations of the grantees in semi-annual installments.

 

Deadline for Application
All applications must be created and submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF file to the AUR R&E Foundation by January 10. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next business day. Applications that are not complete, do not comply with the instructions, or do not have properly executed signatures, will not be reviewed.

 

Eligibility
Any member of the AUR is eligible to apply as principal investigator. It is not necessary for all members of the research or development team to be AUR members.  Eligibility of the principal investigator must be maintained throughout the grant period.

 

Selection Criteria/Review Process
A study section consisting of physicians and scientists will review the application for merit and suitability. Final decisions will be subject to the approval of the AUR R & E Foundation Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by e-mail no later than May 15.

 
The following guidelines will be applied in the review process:

 
Project Plan: Evaluate the proposed project plan. Are the purpose and goals clear and well developed? Are key deliverables adequately described? Is there a realistic timeline for the deliverables? Is there a plan for a presence at an annual meeting of the AUR (examples of activities that would satisfy the presence requirement include but are not limited to a scientific abstract, a scientific poster, an educational poster, or an educational course or workshop)? Will the project result in an enduring product that will be freely accessible to the radiologic community at large (examples of products that would satisfy the enduring requirement include, but are not limited to, an article published in Academic Radiology, a video presentation, a podcast, a web presentation)? Will the project be generalizable to settings and institutions other than that of the grantee? Are the required resources available? Is there a reasonable chance of completion within the proposed time frame? Is the budget realistic? Is there a described method of evaluation that will judge success or failure of the goals of the activity? Does the evaluation plan have appropriate outcome measures?

 
Applicant: Evaluate the training and experience of the applicant as they relate to the proposed project plan. Does the applicant have a demonstrated interest in ethics and professionalism in radiology? If an early career applicant, does he/she have adequate experience and training? If established, has he/she demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that are related to the project plan? Is the applicant's time commitment realistic?

 
Organizational Commitment: Evaluate the commitment of the applicant's organization to provide adequate support for the project plan. Does the applicant have access to appropriate resources, including equipment, other materials, space, assistants, and mentors? Does the organization allow appropriate time? Will the organizational environment in which the work will be done contribute to the likelihood of success? Will the project benefit from unique features of the organizational environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?


 

CONDITIONS OF THE AUR ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM IN RADIOLOGY PROJECT GRANT [b]


 
  1. Progress Reports
    At the end of the first half of the grant year (December 31), and at end of the year of the grant (June 30), each recipient must submit an interim report that demonstrates progress toward the stated goals of the proposal. A final written report, including plans for dissemination of the acquired knowledge/expertise is due within six months after the end of the final year of the grant (December 31). Reports are distributed to the Foundation's Board of Directors to determine the effectiveness and success of the program. Failure to comply with the final report requirement may negatively affect the eligibility of the home organization to receive future funding from the AUR Research and Education Foundation.

    Interim and final reports must begin with a one-page summary statement. Reports are to be submitted electronically (MSWord) and accompanied by a printed, signed copy endorsed by the organizational representative. Complete reports must address each of the following:

    Interim Report:
    1. The progress towards completion of each of the specific aims and goals of the project should be stated. All supporting data should be included.
    2. Any deviations from the original project plan should be stated and explained.
    3. Budgetary expenditures should be stated in relation to the project.
    4. Any problems or delays that were encountered should be described, including any issues arising from human subjects research.

    Final Report:
    1. The progress towards completion of each of the specific aims and goals of the project should be stated. If some goals were not achieved, an explanation should be provided. All supporting data should be included.
    2. Any deviations from the original project plan should be stated and explained.
    3. Budgetary expenditures should be stated in relation to the project.
    4. Any problems or delays that were encountered should be described, including any issues arising from human subjects research.
    5. Indicate if the results from your studies are being prepared for publication or will be prepared for publication within the following six months.
    6. Indicate if the results from your studies will be used as preliminary data in a grant application to another granting agency.
    7. Indicate the clinical significance and future clinical impact of the results of your project.
    8. Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of the AUR Research & Education Foundation grant program in which you participated.
    9. Indicate the influence or role that the grant from the AUR Research & Education Foundation had on your career or will likely have in the future.
  • Educational Material
    For projects that result in educational materials for distribution and/or electronic publication (World Wide Web content, CDs, printed materials, etc), such distribution/publication becomes the responsibility of the grant recipients. The related costs may be included as budget items in the grant; however, additional funding will not be available from the AUR Research & Education Foundation. Educational materials must be made available to the AUR and its members at no cost.
  • Publications
    Scientific and educational manuscripts resulting from AUR Research and Education Foundation-funded projects must be submitted first to the AUR Annual Meeting to be considered for presentation, and/or to Academic Radiology to be considered for publication (right of first refusal). One reprint of each publication produced as a result of AUR R&E Foundation-funded work should be sent to the Foundation's address for distribution to the Trustees. All posters, publications, and oral presentations of R&E Foundation-funded projects must contain appropriate acknowledgment of the Foundation's support.
  • Extension
    A no-cost extension of the terms of this grant may be requested to extend the final budget period up to 12 months beyond the original ending date. Approval of an extension will not include awarding additional funds. A request for an extension along with a progress report must be made in writing to the chair of the Grant Program Committee at the Foundation's address before the expiration of the original grant period. The request must state the reason(s) for the extension, length of the extension requested, and an explanation of how the reason(s) for the delay has been rectified. Requests must be co-signed by the organizational representative. Interim reports must be submitted every six months during the extension period. Other requests for changes to the terms of an award should be addressed to the chair of the Grant Program Committee with similar documentation and institutional approvals.
  • Modification or Termination of Support
    The AUR R&E Foundation Board of Directors reserve the right to modify or terminate the amount of any funds granted under the terms of the Ethics and Professionalism in Radiology Project Grant program. If the support level has to be modified by the Board of Trustees for any reason, the grant recipient will be notified in writing at least 90 days prior, and the grantee will have the option to modify the project plan or terminate the grant.

Application Instructions and Guidelines

  1. Summary of Proposed Project
    This page, when separated from the rest of the application, should serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed project. The summary should include the long-term goals of the proposed project as it applies to the applicant and to the radiologic community. Abstract not to exceed 300 words.
    1. Title
    2. Abstract
  2. Applicant
    1. Applicant Data Complete applicant personal and professional data.
      • Institution
      • Department
      • Key Training Dates (Degrees, Completion of postgraduate training programs)
      • Current year of training, or faculty position/rank
      • Grants & external funding for research received. Sources of grants and external funding include, but are not limited to, governmental agencies, foundations, industry, and commercial entities. Specify the amount and percent effort for each.
      • Conflicts of interest must be disclosed and addressed.
      • Publications. List complete references to all publications during the past three years and to representative earlier publications pertinent to this application, including titles and all authors, in chronological order. If the list of publications in the last three years is excessive, select the most pertinent publications.
      • Time allocated to the proposed project, and to other duties. Specify percent and time frame.
      • Contact Information.
    2. Biosketch
      NIH-style, limited to 4 pages
    3. Priority Statement: Describe your area of professional/scientific interest(s) and long-term career goals and objectives. Explain how the opportunity of an Ethics and Professionalism Project Grant relates to the personal plans and ambitions of the applicant, to the priorities of the host institution, and to the radiologic community in general. Not to exceed 1000 words.
    4. Other Participants (if any)
      Other participants/investigators/scientific advisors/consultants who will contribute significantly to the project should be listed. Include a description of the role they will play in the proposed research project, and a brief summary of their qualifications and suitability for the proposed role.
  3. Project Plan
    1. Detailed Project Plan:
      The description of the plan should be thorough but focused. Not to exceed 5 pages. Use 0.5" margins and size 11Arial font. Additional pages may be included for the bibliography.

      Introduction:
      • Rationale and Purpose: General statement of purpose. Describe why the project should be undertaken. For research projects, state theory and a brief literature review.
      • Objectives: Specific statements of intended outcomes or expected results. Research hypotheses are appropriate for research studies.
      • Student Population: What learner group(s) will be served by the project?
        Previous Experience: Relevant preliminary work/prior experience of investigator.

      Project Plan:
      • Activities: What specifically will be done to achieve the above objectives? How? Where? etc.
      • Deliverables: What deliverables will result from the project? How are they related to the project goals?
      • Annual meeting presence: what presence will the project have at the AUR annual meeting? How will it enhance the experience of the attendees? How will it contribute to the project goals?
      • Enduring materials: what enduring materials will result from the project? How will they contribute to the project goals? How will AUR member access them?
      • Time Schedule: To the extent possible, present a schedule of dates when various aspects of the project will be completed.
      • Outcomes: What are the desired outcomes of the project? How will they be assessed?

      Evaluation:
      • How will the outcomes of the project be assessed in terms of the purpose and objectives? What metrics will be used and how will they be collected?
    1. Research Assurances
      Will the project involve any of the following?
      • human subjects (Y/N)
      • vertebrate animals (Y/N)
      • ionizing radiation/radioactive isotopes (Y/N)
      • other, requiring institutional research assurance approval (recombinant DNA, etc) (Y/N)
      Funded applicants will be required to submit appropriate institutional review board approvals or exemptions before grant funds are released.
    1. Resources and Environment
    2. Describe major equipment, laboratory, clinical, animal, office/computer, support services, education resources, study populations, and other facilities (simulation centers, survey cores, etc) that will be available for this project.

IV. Budget

  1. Detailed Budget:
    Since plans differ, no specific format is required for this section. However, a complete description of the projected use of funds will assist the study section reviewers in determining the project's scope and feasibility. The budget should be a complete and detailed listing of the costs associated with the proposed program, including part-time salary support, tuition, supplies and materials, etc. Specify the total project budget and the amount requested (if different than the total project budget). Explain how costs not covered by this grant will be paid (departmental funds, etc). Through this grant program, the AUR Research & Education Foundation does not pay institutional overhead costs, indirect costs, or tuition.
  2. Other Sources of Support (pending and received):
    Other non-conflicting sources of support for the proposed activity are encouraged and should be identified.
  3. Award Payment Information:
    To facilitate fund disbursement if the grant is approved, please supply the payee information and mailing address. This information is available through the institution's research administration office. The institution will serve as the fiscal agent.
    • Grant checks payable to:
    • Grant checks sent to: Include contact name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail.

    Letters
    Letters of recommendation/support are not required or accepted; however, a letter of intent/agreement should be provided for any of the following:
  • If the project will involve a significant amount of the applicant's time and/or departmental resources (including other personnel), provide a letter of support from the department chair;
  • If equipment or supplies for the proposed activities will be provided by a source other than the applicant's department (such as a commercial company);
  • If the study involves significant collaboration with individuals outside of the applicant's department or home institution.

  • Signatures

    Enter the names and contact information for each individual that will sign the completed, printed application. Original signatures are required on the printed copy.
  • Department Chair
  • Grant Administrator
  • Grant Applicant

  • Submission
    Please create and submit your application electronically as a MS Word or PDF document. The electronic file must be received in the AUR R&E Foundation office at aur@rsna.org on or before the deadline.

 

Questions?
Stephanie Taylor, Account Executive
AUR R&E Foundation
820 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL 60523
1.630.368-3730, staylor@rsna.org