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 professional societies in developing standards for nine entities in medicine. 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 advancing the IAC Research Committee’s mission of Strengthening Accreditation through Research. For 2019, 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 brief letter of intent, and if accepted, a subsequent full proposal submission.

Research Topics for Consideration

For 2019, the IAC Research Committee is soliciting proposals investigating the IAC Quality Improvement (QI) Self-Assessment Tool ( The committee will give preference to projects examining the impact or value of the QI Tool. Topics outside this scope of interest are unlikely to receive funding.

Proposals must be related to the primary objective of understanding the value of accreditation and related to at least one of the IAC Accreditation/Divisions (vascular imaging, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, carotid stenting, vein center, cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular catheterization).

The proposal may not have been previously funded, nor a duplication of previous IAC research. Previously-funded IAC research proposals may be found at Published IAC research can be found at and

Potential Topics of Proposals:

  1. Assessment of the impact of the QI Tool on accreditation on patient care, quality metrics, or other laboratory outcomes
  2. Characterization of differences between accredited and non-accredited facilities
  3. Assessment of the value of the QI Tool and the accreditation process
  4. Determination of the value or development of quality improvement projects

Important Dates

Call for ProposalsMarch 1, 2019
Letter of Intent Submission Due Date: April 15, 2019
Notification of Letter of Intent Decision: May 15, 2019
Proposal SubmissionJuly 1, 2019
Notification of AwardsOctober 2019

View the complete 2019 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 15, 2019. For questions or a IAC database variables list, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail