The Vascular Laboratory Research Grant

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The SVU Foundation is committed to advancing the field of vascular ultrasound through the development of the next generation of leading vascular technologists and surgeon-scientists.  The purpose of the SVU Foundation Vascular Laboratory Research Grant is to enable the recipient(s) to devote a significant amount of his or her total effort towards fundamental vascular lab research conducted over the period of one year, which may serve as the basis for further external funding from national health agencies.

To that end, the SVU Foundation sponsors the Vascular Laboratory Research Grant, a $5,000 award given to SVU members support research focused on vascular diagnostic testing.  A maximum of three grants are awarded to SVU members annually.  Award recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current active member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.
  • Be in a career pertaining to vascular ultrasound, a student studying vascular sonography, a medical student, or a physician in training (resident or fellow).
  • Agree to present findings of the research at the Society for Vascular Ultrasound Annual Conference for which the presenter will receive a complementary registration.
  • Agree to submit findings of the research for consideration for publication in the Journal for Vascular Ultrasound. Findings are to be presented by the end of the calendar year of the award.

Grant funds are a one-time grant to be used for materials, supplies or salaries, or towards travel to present at the SVU Annual Conference.

Funds may not be used for institutional indirect costs.

To be considered for the Vascular Laboratory Research Grant, a candidate must submit the following:

  • Research proposal adhering to the guidelines listed below.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor, supervisor, division chief or department chair.
  • Curriculum vitae of the primary investigator.
  • Supporting documents including Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval letter.


The research proposal should be no longer than 5 pages in total (not including references).  The proposal should be typed, double-spaced using 12-point font with one inch margins.

Project Abstract:
The purpose of the Project Abstract is to briefly describe the major aspect of the project.  It should include the importance of the proposed research to patients or the vascular community.  It should be limited to one page and include:

  • The specific aims, objectives or hypothesis
  • The methodology to be used
  • Results/data to be analyzed
  • A description of how the results will be beneficial.

Background and Rationale:
This section should describe the background of the topic of the proposal.  It should include references to prior publications as appropriate.  It should describe why the project is needed and what new information is expected to be obtained.  It is this section where the importance of the proposal should be clearly described.  Generally, this section should be 1-3 pages in length.

Study Objectives/Specific Aims:
This section should clearly state the purpose of the study.  What data will be specifically examined.  It can be in the form of a bulleted list of objectives or a hypothesis statement.

This section includes the methods and analyses of the project.  The expected timetable of the project should also be stated. This section must be comprehensive and include:

  • Who are the study subjects (for example: patients, volunteers, animals, etc.)
  • What are the specific inclusion and exclusion criteria for a subject
  • What are the specific methods
  • What is the specific data to be obtained
  • How is the data to be analyzed

For studies involving human subjects, Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval will be required prior to presentation or publication.

Budget and Justification:
This section should justify all the expenses related to the project.  Potential expense items include salaries, supplies, equipment, etc.  Identify individuals and their time commitment if funding is to be used to support salaries.  Institutional indirect costs are not to be paid by the research grant award.

This section should include what is expected to be determined from the data.  The importance and applicability of the findings should be briefly described.

SVU can offer mentoring services upon request for the preparation of the grant proposal or study design.

2022 Vascular Laboratory Research Grant Timeline

Grant Submission deadline: January 14th, 2022