Call for Proposals

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Research Committee seeks to support innovative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program. The IAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Improving health care through accreditation© and represents more than 40 medical professional societies in developing standards for nine accreditation programs. 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 2018, 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 submission.

Research Topics for Consideration

All proposals must be directly related to the primary objective of understanding the value of accreditation and should be pertinent to at least one of the IAC accreditation programs (vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, carotid stenting, vein center, cardiac electrophysiology and/or cardiovascular catheterization).

The IAC Research Committee is interested in proposals that will assess or improve accreditation. The committee will give particular preference to projects that examine the impact of accreditation on outcome measures that would be relevant to patients, clinicians and/or payers. Topics outside this scope are unlikely to be funded. The proposal must not have been previously funded. 

Previously-funded IAC research proposals may be found at Published IAC research can be found at and

Potential Topics of Proposals:

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

Important Dates

Call for Proposals ... February 15, 2018
Letter of Intent Submission Due Date ... April 2, 2018
Notification of Letter of Intent Decision ... May 1, 2018    
Proposal Submission ... June 15, 2018
Notification of Awards ... September 2018

View the complete 2018 IAC Research Award Instructions»

Participants applying for this opportunity should review complete details and submit a Letter of Intent to IAC no later than April 2, 2018. For questions or a variables list, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail