Charles E. Putman M.D 2016 Vision Award


The Duke Department of Radiology is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity in support of Duke Radiology, the Charles E. Putman M.D. Vision award.

Dr. Putman was Chairman of the Duke Department of Radiology from 1977 to 1985. During his time at Duke, he led Duke Radiology into the highest echelons of excellence in clinical care, teaching and academics. As former Duke University President Nannerl Keohane recalled: “He was a brilliant scientist whose pathbreaking work in imaging was world renowned. While he was a national leader in research policy, he was first and foremost a physician who cared deeply about his patients. His compassionate caring for so many people and his strong leadership of the university’s research enterprise made an enormous difference to Duke. No one loved Duke more nor was more dedicated to our university than Charles.”

The goal of the award program is to encourage research that will inform and improve the practice of Radiology, foster new collaborations between research and clinical faculty, and allow investigators to develop preliminary data that will support external funding proposals. Research can span the spectrum from basic, clinical or translational research to health services.


Principal investigators must be employed by Duke University and/or Duke PDC as at least a 50% FTE faculty member.  Both research and clinical faculty with a primary appointment at Duke Radiology are eligible.  Up to two principal investigators may apply, and co-PI applications are encouraged.


  • Proposals with clinical components need not have IRB approval and proposals with involving animals need not have IACUC approval at the time of application, but the likelihood of gaining approval will be part of the reviewers’ feasibility review. IRB or IACUC approval if needed must be gained before funds are disbursed.
  • Reviewers will score more highly applications which represent a new collaboration between Duke Radiology clinical faculty and research faculty, with one research and one clinical faculty primary investigator on the proposal. For the purposes of this award, collaborations will be considered new if: (1) the two co-investigators have not been co-authors on the same academic publication within the last 3 years (excluding case reports and reviews) and (2) neither of the two co-investigators has an awarded or actively in submission NIH grant on which one is the primary investigator and the other an investigator or co-PI. Reviewers will score more highly applications in which both co-PIs have significant leadership of and/or intellectual input into grant activities. If appropriate, please describe role of both co-PIs in “Description of Investigators” section of proposal.
  • Reviewers will score more highly applications which include Duke Radiology residents and provide an opportunity for the residents to gain research experience.
  • Although the support of collaborations outside of Duke Radiology is a laudable goal, that is not the purpose of this award program. If significant expenditures and/or collaborations outside of Duke Radiology are planned, these should be very carefully justified in the context of the goals of this program.



Up to $30,000 (including indirects) for a one year project period with appropriate budget justification.
Proposals may support research staff, equipment, or supplies but not the principal investigator’s effort.



Application due date: April 1, 2016
Funding period: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Progress report: January 15, 2017
Final report: September 1, 2017



Please utilize NIH budget, biosketch and research format and submit application as a pdf or Microsoft Word file. Title the file with the investigator(s) last name(s) first, followed by: – Putman Vision Award Application. e.g.: Doe, Smith – Putman Vision Award Application.

  1. Abstract of 300 words or less outlining rationale for proposal, methods, and how results of this pilot research will assist you in obtaining peer reviewed funding.
  2. 4 page NIH biosketch for you and your faculty collaborators.
  3. Budget with justification.
  4. 2- 3 page proposal that outlines:
    • Background and issue you are addressing
    • Goals and specific aims of this proposal
    • Significance: How this research will inform the field and/or provide data to support further research.
    • Approach and Methods including plans for analysis
    • Description of Investigator(s) including summary of relevant experience in this area
    • Plans for future funding, including specific grants, agencies, and projected timing of application
  5. Pages that may be added after the proposal, at the discretion of the investigators
    • Up to one page of references can be placed at the end of the proposal

Up to one page of figures and figure legends may be included after references


Any publications supported by this program must cite “Charles E. Putman MD Vision Award” in acknowledgements.

To Apply

Please send your application and budget to Steven.Shipes.

For inquiries, please contact:

Daniel Barboriak, MD
Director, Duke Radiology Clinical Research Unit
Professor of Radiology


Review criteria

An ad-hoc committee chosen from Radiology department faculty will review the applications, and the highest evaluated applications will be submitted to the Chair of Radiology, Vice-Chair of Research in Radiology and Radiology CRU medical director for a final funding decision.   Reviewers will critique applications on basis of feasibility, scientific merit, likelihood of proposal to form a sustained collaboration, and likelihood of proposal to lead to external grant funding.  The review committee may at its option decline to fund an award for a given year.