American Society of Head & Neck Radiology
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Hanafee Research Grant

2021 William N. Hanafee, M.D. Research Grant


To enable investigators (MDs or MD-PhDs) to conduct research related to imaging of the head and neck. Strong consideration will be given to applicants who are young investigators and for projects that have potential for subsequent grant applications to the NIH and other governmental agencies, as well as foundations and corporations.

Targeted Projects:

  • Any research related to the radiology of head and neck diseases including, but not limited to:
  • Morphologic and functional imaging that addresses biologic or clinical questions
  • Applications of advanced technologies and sciences
  • Development of new imaging technology
  • Outcomes analyses and comparative effectiveness
  • Educational mechanisms
  • Emphasis will be placed on research deemed to have the most potential for future funding.


  • Applicant must be an ASHNR Member at the time of application. If the applicant is an ASHNR

In-Training Member (non-dues paying member) the scientific advisor or co-investigator must be a due- paying member.

  • Applicant or the sponsoring member must hold a position in a department of radiology or nuclear medicine within an educational institution in the United States or Canada.
  • Applicant/co-principal investigator(s) must not be agents of any for-profit, commercial company in the radiologic sciences.
  • Acceptance of an award from another source for the same project or a component of the project in the same year is prohibited unless the source provides only salary support.
  • Applicant or the sponsoring member must have completed advanced training and be certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) or equivalent. International applicants must be certified by the radiology board in their country (where applicable).

Grant Amount:

Up to $25,000 USD for a 1-year project to support the preliminary pilot phase of scientific projects. The Hanafee Research Grant cannot be supplemental to major funding already secured.

Following is a sample of expense items that are covered by the Grant Amount:

  • Computer equipment and software
  • Illustrations
  • Imaging or laboratory equipment
  • Laboratory tests
  • Reader time (not co-investigators or co-authors on study)
  • Research scan time
  • Research coordinator’s time
  • Statisticians

Please note:

  • Travel expenses for scientific meetings may not be paid for by this grant. The recipient will receive complimentary meeting registration plus post-meeting reimbursement for up to $1,500 for travel expenses to attend the ASHNR 56th Annual Meeting in 2022.
  • Unexpended funds must be returned to the ASHNR c/o the Core Curriculum Fund.
  • Research Grants may run October 1-September 30. Funds will be paid to the department in two installments.

Application Schedule:

A. The deadline for receipt of letters of intent is June 4th, 2021. These should be one-page abstracts of the research proposal, submitted electronically (in .pdf or .doc format) to Colleen McKinney ( In the subject line of e-mail submissions, indicate the following: “ASHNR Hanafee Award Letter of Intent Submission”

B. Applicants who are selected from the letter of intent stage will be notified that they are invited to submit a full proposal, and an application will be provided. The deadline for receipt of full proposal submissions is August 6, 2021. Incomplete applications, applications that do not comply with the instructions, and/or those that do not have the appropriate executed signatures will not be reviewed. Full proposals should be submitted in electronic form (.pdf or .doc) to In the subject line of the e-mail submission, indicate the following: “2021 ASHNR Hanafee Award Application Submission”

C. Selection of award recipients will be in September, with subsequent notification of the recipient and institution. All those with interests in the award, or employees of an institution that may be involved in the award, shall recuse themselves from voting on such applications.

D. Announcement of the Hanafee Award will be made at the ASHNR 55th Annual Meeting September 8-12, 2021 and will be posted on the ASHNR website.

Selection Criteria/Review Process:

The members of the ASHNR Research Committee will review and score the grant applications. The decision of the ASHNR research committee will be subject to approval by the ASHNR Executive committee.

The proposed research project will be evaluated regarding its suitability for the applicant to obtain preliminary data with the anticipation of a future submission for additional funding from governmental agencies, corporations, or foundations. The evaluation will assess the following criteria:

  • Significance, relevance, and innovation of the proposed project to clinical care or the advancement of knowledge in the evaluation of head and neck imaging or disease processes.
  • There must be a defined plan for the protection of human subjects. Investigators must address issues related to inclusion based on gender, minorities, and children.
  • The hypothesis should be clear and well developed, and the experiments designed to appropriately test the hypothesis.
  • The proposed statistical analysis of the data must be defined.
  • The project should stand a good chance of being completed within the time frame of the grant with a realistic budget.
  • Evaluate the suitability of the applicant related to the proposed research. Does the applicant have the appropriate experienced advisor(s) that can advise and guide them throughout the proposed project?
  • Evaluate the facilities and commitment of the institution, the department and individual research labs where applicable to provide adequate support for the applicant.

Rules and Conditions

1. Progress Reports a) A summary statement.

b) The specific aims/goals of the research and the results of the work toward each aim/goal.

c) Disclose any deviations from the original research plan and justify them.

d) Outline expenditures that have been made thus far.

e) Indicate any problems or delays that you have encountered. 1. Address points a) through e) under Interim Report (see above) and:

2. Indicate if the results from the research are being prepared for publication.

3. Indicate if the results from the research will be used as preliminary data to obtain additional funding.

4. Address the role the ASHNR grant had on your career.

Recipients must submit an interim report six months (180 days) after the start of the project, and a final report within 3 months (90 days) after completion of the project. Reports will be distributed to the ASHNR Executive Committee to determine the success of the program. Failure to comply with the final report requirement may negatively affect the home institution’s eligibility to receive future funds.

Reports are to be submitted electronically (MS-Word or PDF). Complete reports must address each of the following:

Interim report should include the following:

Final report should include the following:

2. Publications

Scientific and educational manuscripts resulting from the ASHNR funding must first be submitted for consideration for presentation at the ASHNR Annual Meeting, and/or the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) Annual Meeting, and for publication to the American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) or Neurographics. Manuscripts that are not accepted for publication in the AJNR may then be submitted to journals of the author’s choosing. One reprint of each publication produced as a result of the ASHNR funded work should be sent to the ASHNR for distribution to the ASHNR Executive Committee.

3. Acknowledgement

All posters, publications, and oral presentations of ASHNR-funded projects must contain appropriate acknowledgment of the Society’s support.

4. Extension

Extension of the terms of the grant may be requested to extend the final budget period up to 12 months beyond the original ending date. Approval of an extension does not include the awarding of additional funds. A request for an extension must be made in writing to the Chair of the ASHNR Research Committee. The request must state the reason(s) for the extension, length of extension requested, and review the progress

in the original grant period. Requests must be co-signed by the department chair and research advisor and submitted to the chair of the Research Committee two months (60 days) prior to the original ending date. Interim reports must be submitted every six months during the extension period.

5. Termination of Support

The ASHNR Executive Committee reserves the right to modify or terminate the amount of any funds granted under the terms of the Research Grant program. If such a modification is deemed necessary,

the grant recipient will be notified in writing within 90 days prior to termination. The investigator will have the option to modify the research plan or terminate the grant.

William N. Hanafee M.D. Research Grant Letter of Intent

*William N. Hanafee M.D. Research Grant -deadline for Letters of Intent is April 23, 2021. Letters of Intent must be sent via email to: Colleen McKinney (


Section I: Title and Summary of Research Proposal: Provide a succinct description of the proposed project (1 page). The abstract should state the long-term goals of the research, potential clinical significance of the research, and the methods to be used to conduct the research.

Section II: Investigator(s)

A. Applicant (Principal Investigator) • Contact information: address, email, cell phone

• Institution

• Department

• Citizenship

• Current year of training, or faculty position/rank- (If currently in a training program, include letter from Program Director confirming status and ensuring individual will be provided appropriate time to complete the project)

• Curriculum Vitae

B. Priority Statement: Describe your area of professional/scientific interest(s) and long-term career goals. Briefly (<1 page) describe the relevance of the proposed research to the priorities of your departmental research programs.

C. Scientific Advisor: (To be completed by Scientific Advisor) • Name, degree(s), title/faculty rank

• Percentage part-time or full-time

• Provide description of your role as mentor for the applicant and CV

• Describe the extent to which the applicant was responsible for developing and writing the research proposal

• List other investigators or advisors who will participate in the project and their role in the project