The Academy of Radiology Research created the Council of Early Investigators in Imaging (CECI²) in 2014 to recognize the achievements of researchers who are in the early phases of their careers and are making significant contributions to the research community.
Academic departments who are members of the Academy’s Academic Council are eligible to recommend and make nominations for the honor of becoming an Early Career Investigator. The two main criteria for consideration are their potential in getting an NIH RO1 (To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his or her specific interest and competencies.) in the future (based on RSNA grants, K awards and other society awards) and how detailed they were regarding how they felt they could assist with the goals of the Academy.
Through this program, Early Career Investigators are brought to Washington, DC for the Academy’s CIBR Medical Imaging Technology Showcase in the spring with the support of a travel scholarship from the Academy. They enjoy a day at the NIH accompanied by Academy leadership, participate in grassroots advocacy by visiting congressional offices, and display research posters and discuss their research at the Showcase event. Through participation in the Showcase, the Investigators are exposed to the advocacy work of the Academy and learn how the political process functions as well as exposure to the NIH’s physical campus and discussions from Institutes on the grant process and research being undertaken. Also, this is their first exposure to the Academy and the beginning of their participation in Academy life.
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Who do I contact with questions?
Please address questions to Renee Cruea, Executive Director at email@example.com or to Dr. Rebecca Rakow-Penner, Chair of CECI2 at firstname.lastname@example.org.