Call for Proposals

The IAC Research Committee seeks to support innovative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program. The purpose of the research award is to gain insights into the accreditation process and its value to medicine and society.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that advance the IAC Research Committee’s mission of Strengthening Accreditation Through Research.

For 2017, the IAC Research Committee will be awarding grants up to a maximum of $75,000 (including institutional overhead). Awards are for one year, although continuation awards are possible. This application process initially involves a Letter of Intent, and if accepted, a subsequent full proposal.

Research Topics for Consideration

All proposals must be directly related to the primary objective of understanding the value of accreditation and should be related to at least one of the IAC Accreditation/Divisions (vascular imaging, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, MRI, CT, carotid stenting, vein center, cardiac electrophysiology). The IAC Research Committee is interested in proposals that will assess or improve accreditation and in particular, outcomes. The proposal must not have been previously funded. Previously funded IAC research proposals can be found under Grant Recipients. Potential topics of proposals:

a.   Assessment of whether accreditation impacts patient care, quality metrics, or other laboratory outcomes
b.   Characterization of differences between accredited and non-accredited laboratories
c.   Assessment of the value of the accreditation process
d.   Determination of the value or development of quality improvement projects

Application Procedure»

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Submission Due ... March 1, 2017
Notification for Letter of Intent Decision ... April 3, 2017
Proposal Submission ... June 1, 2017
Notification of Award ... September 2017

View the complete 2017 IAC Research Award Instructions»

Participants applying for this opportunity should review complete details and submit a letter of intent to IAC no later than March 1, 2017. For questions or a variables list, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail

For complete details about the IAC Research Award Program, including links to published abstracts and manuscripts, visit