Research Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Sanjay Divakaran, MD, the 2020 recipient of the IANC Research Fellowship Award. 

Applications for next year will open up in April 2021.

The Institute for the Advancement of Nuclear Cardiology (IANC) invites early-career nuclear cardiology investigators to apply for $50,000 in research funding. The IANC Research Fellowship Award was established to encourage and support careers in nuclear cardiology research while growing the science of cardiac imaging and advancing the specialty.

A major objective of Institute for the Advancement of Nuclear Cardiology (IANC) Research Award program is to help individuals initiate a career in nuclear cardiology research. The award is also intended to assist new investigators in performing research that will add important new information to the cardiac imaging literature. This award is an opportunity for the grantee to obtain important research in areas that will advance the field of nuclear cardiology.
Krishna Patel, MD, 2018 IANC Research Award Winner, discusses her ASNC IANC-funded project, “Patient-centered Reporting in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Development and Pilot-testing a Framework for Incorporating Patient-centered Decision Support in MPI Reports.”
"This award will help to support a promising young researcher in the field of nuclear cardiology." says ASNC 2017 President Raymond R. Russell, MD, PhD, MASNC, "We hope that this funding will help the recipient perform innovative research that will take nuclear cardiology to the next level.

Who is Eligible?

  • Individuals who hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree who are either post-doctoral fellows or faculty within the first three years of their first appointment and who intend to pursue an academic career in nuclear cardiology.
  • All trainees are eligible; with exception of those with prior independent investigator awards (e.g., NIH, R01). Queries regarding eligibility are encouraged as individual circumstances will be considered.
  • The applicant may not have current funding from another grant to supplement the proposed work.

Due Dates and Review Process

The deadline for application submission is June 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. The award will be announced by September 2020 and the grant will be activated before the end of 2020. All applications will be reviewed by the Research Grants Committee on the quality and research, potential of the applicant, the quality of the mentor and training environment, and the scientific merit, originality, relevance of the work to nuclear cardiology and relevant fields.
Candidates who have applied for the IANC grant in past years may submit applications. Please include a one page supplement describing any changes or updates that have been made to your proposal following feedback from the Research Grants Committee.


The IANC will fund one (1) research project for $50,000 for one year.


  • All applications must have appropriate institutional regulatory approvals (Human Studies Committee (HSC), Animal Studies, etc.) before funds may be released.
  • Grantees must submit a brief progress report every 6 months describing the progress toward completing their proposed aims as well as interim publications. The progress report should also include a report of costs currently accrued in working toward project aims. Grantees will be expected to report the results of their work with their mentor during an educational session at the 2021 ASNC Scientific Session. All publications should acknowledge the IANC Research Award.
  • It is expected that the grantee will use the full amount of funding awarded during the one-year term of the award. Costs must be directly related to the aims of the proposed project. All unexpended funds at the end of the term will be returned to the IANC. Extensions or changes to the terms of the award (length of funding period and budget) will only be made in exceptional circumstances. 

Application Instructions

The application may be accessed through ASNC’s Online Form Portal. All applications must include the following:

Applicant information​:
  • Name and contact information
  • ASNC meeting attendance history
  • Biosketch (in NIH format)
  • Name and address of applicant organization
  • Personal statement, including current research interests and career goals in nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular imaging
Mentor information​:
  • Name and contact information
  • ASNC committee participation
  • Plan for mentorship of applicant (to be completed by mentor)
Project information​:
  • Title of project
  • Dates of proposed period of support
  • Location of research
  • Human subjects or animal studies considerations and regulatory approval letter
  • Study aims, background/importance of the study hypothesis, approach, and plan for future research
  • Bio sketch for all key personnel (in NIH format)
  • Proposed budget for project  (direct costs)          
  • Resources/facilities information
  • Signature of certifying institutional official

For more information, contact Georgia Lawrence at or 843-855-0684.

Note: This Research Award is for postdoctoral fellows or faculty within the first three years of appointment who intend to pursue an academic career in nuclear cardiology.