SIIM announces new grant opportunities
The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is once again offering two $50,000 grants to support original hypothesis-driven research in the field of imaging informatics for residents, fellows, graduate students and junior faculty. In addition, SIIM is introducing three new grant initiatives for 2008: a small grant program for imaging informatics training and product support development, an emeritus mentor grant, and a micro grant.

The new SIIM Small Grant Program is targeted at students and imaging informatics professionals. It consists of two grant programs, one focused on career development/training opportunities to support hands-on training or experience with a designated mentor or sponsor in the imaging informatics arena; the other to support the development of a tool or product that would be available to the imaging informatics community. A SIIM small grant provides $20,000 of support for 3 to 12 months.

The Emeritus Mentor Grant is a new class of SIIM grant providing limited funds ($20,000 of support for one year) for a retired, or semi-retired, expert in imaging informatics to act as a mentor for a trainee (student, resident, fellow) or junior faculty member. The application must be made jointly by the trainee or junior faculty member and the proposed mentor.

SIIM Micro Grants are to support projects that may need resources that fall between what a researcher is willing to fund personally and what is typically requested in grant applications. A micro grant would support hypothesis-driven experiments of short duration and high risk; prior preliminary data would not be required. Micro grants are for total amounts of $5,000 or less providing support for up to 6 months.

The deadline for all grant applications is August 1, 2007, and applicants will be notified of the decision of the committee in January 2008. The award period will begin July 1, 2008. At the conclusion of their projects, recipients are to submit a paper to be considered for presentation at the SIIM 2009 Annual Meeting and publication in the Journal of Digital Imaging.

Complete details on the SIIM Grant Program are available at