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

Charles Putnam


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.



  • Up to $30,000 (including indirects) for a one year period. Appropriate budget justification is required.
  • Proposals may support research staff, equipment, or supplies but not the effort of the PI or of co-PIs.



Application due date: May 15, 2020
Funding period: July 1 2020 – June 30 2021
Progress report: January 15 2021
Final report: September 1 2021



Please utilize the 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 name – followed by: – Putman Vision Award Application. (e.g.: Doe, Smith – Putman Vision Award Application)

  1. Abstract of 300 words or less outlining the rationale for the proposal, methods, and how results of this pilot research will assist you in obtaining peer-reviewed external funding.
  2. 5 page NIH biosketch for you and each of your faculty collaborators
  3. Budget with justification.
  4. 2- 3 page proposal that outlines:
    • Background including issues you are addressing
    • Goals and Specific Aims of this proposal
    • Significance: How this research will improve the field and /or provide data to support further research.
    • Approach and Methods including plans for analysis
    • Description of Investigator(s) including a summary of relevant experience in this area
    • Plans for Future Funding including specific grants, agencies, and projected timing of application submission.
  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 with legends and/or tables may be included after the references


Any publications supported by this program must cite “Charles E. Putman MD Vision Award, Department of Radiology, Duke University School of Medicine” in the acknowledgements.

To Apply:
Please send your application and budget to Steven Shipes.

For inquiries, please contact:
Rendon C. Nelson, MD, FACR
Vice-Chair of Research
Joseph Y. Lo, PhD
Associate Vice-Chair of Research



An ad-hoc committee chosen from Duke Radiology faculty will review the applications, and the highest evaluated applications will be submitted to the Chair of Radiology, the Vice-Chairs of Research in Radiology and the Radiology CRU Medical Director for a final funding decision. Reviewers will critique applications on the basis of feasibility, scientific merit, likelihood of proposal to form a sustained collaboration, and likelihood of the proposal to lead to external grant funding. The review committee has the option of declining to fund the Award for a given year.


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.