Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant Program

Funding Agency:
Society of Interventional Radiology

SIR Foundation supports a robust portfolio of grant programs intended to encourage the development of interventional radiology research. SIR Foundation grant programs form a continuum of funding opportunities that range from research training, to seed grants, to academic development grants. Our grant program is designed to benefit researchers at all levels, from medical students to established practitioners. Since the grant program's inception, SIR Foundation has funded over ninety research projects and has awarded more than $2 million in support of original research. A recent survey revealed that SIR Foundation grant recipients report receiving close to $50 million in grant funding since receiving their SIR Foundation grant.

This grant program, named after Ernest J. Ring, MD, the founder of the SIR Foundation, is designed to provide support to junior Interventional Radiology faculty members early in their academic careers to allow time for the conduct of research. The goal of this program is to have the grant recipient subsequently obtain additional funding from other sources, e.g., National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

The deadline to complete the pre-review is Oct. 15, 2019. This process provides an opportunity for applicants to obtain and respond to reviewer feedback prior to submitting the final applications by the new deadline of Jan. 15, 2020 for funding. Due to this transition, grant applications for the 2020 cycle will still be accepted, even if they did not complete the pre-review process. However, those applications will not receive the benefits of pre-review and mentorship so the applicant may consider submitting for the next cycle in 2021.

Only one application may be submitted in a given year from each institution.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe as early as possible
  • Pre-Review: Oct. 15, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Grant funding will be made to junior full-time faculty members, with a MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent degree in educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Applications from non-Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) members will be considered, but such applications are required to have significant input and involvement by an SIR member.

Applicants should be individuals who have not yet been recognized as independent investigators or recipients of major grant support (i.e., current grants exceeding $50,000). Those in residencies or fellowships or those generally considered advanced students in training rather than full-time faculty are not eligible for this grant.

Applicants must be within the first five years of their initial faculty appointment after having completed all formal training. Only applicants holding a position up to and including the assistant professor level at the time of application are eligible.
Applications will be accepted from citizens of the United States or Canada or those who have permanent resident status therein. Permanent residents must submit documentation of their status. If an applicant is at an institution in the US or Canada and is on a visa, a letter from the department chair guaranteeing completion of the project will be required.



Amount Description

This grant provides $50,000 a year for two years. The second year of funding is contingent on satisfactory review of a first year progress report.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe as early as possible

External Deadline

January 15, 2020