How to apply
The 2018 application cycle for the Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant is now closed. Applications for the 2019 cycle will open after the 2018 SIR Annual Scientific Meeting.
Please note that SIR Foundation is now offering applicants an opportunity to receive preliminary feedback regarding their research proposals through the Proposal Development Form. This form will remain open for applicants interested in applying for the 2019 application cycle for the Academic Transition Grant but must be submitted no later than June 15, 2018 to receive feedback. Please email Sara Myers with questions.
Please read our guidelines document for more information about eligibility and application requirements.
"Receiving funding from SIR Foundation’s Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant allowed our group to expand on our findings beyond the scope of this initial project into our current research: bariatric embolization. Although the goal of our Ring-grant-funded research was to treat type 1 diabetes by transplanting encapsulated/immunoprotected islet cells, we discovered, after extensive investigation, that this approach would not be a feasible one. However, we were able to recognize that our capsule technology could be applied to creating imaging visible embolic microspheres for bariatric embolization. Ultimately, we used data from the Ring grant to apply for and receive a RSNA Seed Grant and then a R01 from NIBIB on bariatric embolization. Data from this work then led to our ongoing clinical trial, BEAT Obesity. Interestingly, we have now come full circle as SIR Foundation has awarded us a Funding Source Development Grant to design the next trial for bariatric embolization."
—Clifford J. Weiss, MD, FSIR, recipient of the Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant and the Funding Source Development Grant