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Imaging Pilot Award Program

NEW **PET Center/Radiology Matching Cost Share Added to Imaging Pilot Awards

In order to allow Irving Institute Imaging Pilot grantees to gather sufficient PET pilot data, the Department of Radiology will partner to augment this award. The Department of Radiology will cost share up to an additional $10,000 in eligible PET services if the grantee's PET costs exceed the initial $10,000 awarded for the Irving Institute Imaging Pilot. For example, if the awardee needs $17,000 of eligible PET center services to obtain sufficient preliminary data, the PET center will cost share $7,000 (on top of the $10,000 allowed budget). Services eligible for this cost share only include radiotracers manufactured by the PET Center or PET/CT scans.

​**Please email Akiva Mintz at am4754@cumc.columbia.edu for budget questions and eligibility for this cost share. Preapproval of cost-share budget and eligibility are required.

The Imaging pilot award program provides funding for junior investigators in the following areas:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Optical Imaging
  • PET Tomography
  • Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT), and
  • Ultrasound.

Structural, functional, or spectroscopic imaging studies in animals or human subjects with relevance to medical illness will be considered.

Duration: 1 year
Award Amount: $5,000 – 10,000
Quantity: Based upon availability of funds

At award time, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an Instructor, Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track) or Associate Research Scientist at CUMC.  U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is not required.  Focus of the application should be on pilot studies which will lead to independent, external funding.

Funds are limited, and the main goal is to obtain pilot data for NIH, NSF or foundation grant applications.  To ensure the methods proposed are optimal for the research question being posed, applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary selection committee with expertise in radiology and imaging.  Budgets for approved projects will range from $5,000 to $10,000, as determined by the Imaging Review Committee.

Sample Imaging Application

Imaging Pilot Award Recipients - 2007 to Present


Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director,Irving Institute Imaging Pilot Award Program



Diana M. Martinez, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
Co-Director, Irving Institute Imaging Pilot Award Program



Akiva Mintz, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiology at CUMC 
Co-Director, Irving Institute Imaging Pilot Award Program