Charles E. Putman, M.D. Vision Award Guidelines

Charles E. Putman, M.D.


The Duke Department of Radiology is proud to fund the Charles E. Putman M.D. Vision Award, an annual grant aimed at supporting new and promising research opportunities for faculty in Duke Radiology.

Dr. Putman was Chairman of the Duke Department of Radiology from 1977 to 1985. During his tenure 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 path-breaking 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 Vision Award program is to encourage research that will inform and improve the practice of Radiology, foster new collaborations between research and clinical faculty in Radiology, and allow investigators to develop preliminary data that will support future proposals for external funding. Research can span the spectrum from basic, clinical or translational research to health services.



Principal investigators must be employed by Duke University and/or the Duke PDC and have at least a 50% FTE position. Both research and clinical faculty with a primary appointment in Duke Radiology are eligible. Up to two principal investigators may apply per proposal, but one of them should be identified as the contact PI.


  • Proposals with clinical components need not have IRB-approval and proposals involving animals need not have IACUC approval at the time of application submission. The likelihood of gaining such approval, however, will be taken into consideration by the reviewers. IRB or IACUC approval, if needed, must be gained before funds are disbursed.
  • Reviewers will score applications more favorably if they represent a new collaboration between clinical faculty and research faculty in Duke Radiology, with both the research faculty and clinical faculty being principal investigators 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 a similar academic topic within the last 3 years (excluding case reports and reviews) and (2) neither of the two co-investigators has a federal grant (NIH, DOD, NSF, etc.) that is either awarded or actively in submission on which one is the primary investigator and the other an investigator or co-PI. Reviewers will score applications more favorably when both co-PIs have significant leadership of and/or intellectual input into grant activities. If appropriate, please describe the role of both co-PIs in the “Description of Investigator(s)” section of the proposal.
  • Reviewers will score applications more favorably if they include Duke Radiology residents and/or fellows and provide an opportunity for them to gain research experience.
  • Although developing collaborations outside of Duke Radiology is a laudable career goal, this Award program favors collaboration within the Department. 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.