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APPLY NOW! SIR Foundation Grant Opportunities

The SIR Foundation hosts a robust portfolio of grant programs dedicated to interventional radiology research. The 2015 application cycle is now open. Click here for eligibility requirements and application details.

2014 Grant Recipients

SIR Foundation funds 8 new grant recipients in 2014

SIR Foundation's Fifth Annual Gala

Join us Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Georgia Aquarium for the 2015 SIR Foundation Gala as this evening of camaraderie and elegance returns for its fifth year. The Gala is the best place to connect with fellow IRs and celebrate the specialty’s achievements while helping to raise funds to advance IR through research.

Plans for the 2015 Gala are still being finalized. Tickets and table reservations will be available online beginning fall 2014. Until then, please email Michelle Lockwood or call 703-460-5598 to reserve a table or advance tickets.

Companies interested in supporting research in IR through a Gala table purchase can email Julie Wolfe or call 703-460-5591.

SIR Encourages Participation in TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project

SIR encourages members to learn more about the TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), in collaboration with the FDA, Gore and Medtronic. This is a new quality improvement project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TEVAR devices used to treat descending aortic dissection. Learn more...

SIR Foundation Funds HHMI Award

SIR Foundation Congratulates Erik Velez on being named the recipient of the 2014-2015 HHMI-SIR Foundation Medical Research Fellow! A current medical student at the University of California, Erik will spend the next year in the lab of Dr. Muneeb Ahmed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School studying secondary local and systemic effects of image-guided microwave thermal ablation on tissue and tumor biology. Click here to learn more about Erik’s upcoming research.

AHRQ Announces Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Career Development Grants

AHRQ has developed grant programs focused specifically on comparative effectiveness research, providing training for individuals conducting research related to Health Communication, Decision Making, and Evidence Dissemination in PCOR. For more information click here

A Special Thanks to Generous SIR Foundation Discovery Campaign Donors

The SIR Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its Discovery Campaign. Launched initially in 2007 with a SIR membership phase, the Discovery Campaign is a major fundraising initiative designed to ensure that minimally invasive medicine continues to grow and move into new areas of discovery. The Foundation thanks hundreds of SIR members and industry captains who included the Foundation in their giving and contributed more than $6 million to the Foundation's mission of advancing IR through research and education.

The Discovery Campaign and its donors have succeeded in raising sustaining funds that will support several goals key to advancing the specialty:

  • Educate the public, providers, payors and policy-makers on the effectiveness of IR procedures through the creation and maintenance of registries and other research efforts targeted at contributing to Level 1 evidence regarding the efficacy of interventional radiology procedures, helping to increase public knowledge of this cutting-edge field of medicine and ensuring that patients receive the most effective, least invasive treatments.
  • Double the number of investigator grants in a program that has an impressive 25 to 1 return on investment via acquisition of external funding, enabling the next generation of researchers to investigate new procedures that will become tomorrow's standard of care.
  • Support clinical trial efforts in IR by enabling the Foundation to serve as a research incubator and resource provider in IR clinical trials, identifying critical research topics, organizing research consensus panels and providing clinical trial planning grants to help bring more IR trials to fruition.
  • Enable the development of new procedures and therapies that will maintain IR at the forefront of image-guided interventions well into the future.

Annual Fund Donations Essential to Success of a Growing Mission

Did you know that the SIR Foundation does not receive funding from SIR member dues? It relies on donations from members and the public to ensure SIR Foundation is the premier source of research funding, data collection, outcomes, and education for IRs. Annual fund donors provide the financial backbone for operation of the Foundation and enable us to respond to new ideas and programs that advance IR through research and education. Please invest in your specialty's progress by making your annual fund donation today.

Opportunity to Submit Proposals for Carotid Intervention Research

Members who have an interest in carotid interventions have an opportunity to submit a proposal for academic research leading to an abstract or manuscript. The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Carotid Artery Revascularization and Endarterectomy Registry (CARE) program collects patient, provider and facility characteristics; device and lesion characteristics; adverse event rates, including 30 day follow-up and many more measures. Applicants can request funding from NCDR to perform and pay for all data analysis and statistical work. For more information about the CARE registry and to download a research proposal application

Read more about the CARE registry; a research proposal application may be downloaded here as well.


In 2004, SIR Foundation's Cooperative Alliance for Interventional Radiology Research (CAIRR) convened a research consensus panel (RCP) in order to discuss and establish a research agenda for endovascular venous thromboembolism (VTE) interventions. The expert panel proposed that the most needed research in VTE was an acute DVT trial. This trial will compare the best medical therapy with the current best interventional clot removal method. The meeting proceedings were published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 2005.

The SIR Foundation began working with Suresh Vedantham, M.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2006 to develop the federal application for the ATTRACT trial. An NIH R01 application was submitted to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in June 2007. The ATTRACT trial subsequently received $10.2 million in funding. SIR Foundation serves as a collaborating institution on the ATTRACT trial.