CERT Program

20222023 Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (CERT) Program

CERT Program

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Foundation, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) are co-sponsoring an interactive training program in comparative effectiveness research (CER) targeted to junior faculty and senior trainees in the imaging sciences.



The 2022-2023 program will begin in October 2022 and will continue over the course of a year, consisting of:

  • Introductory online education modules 
  • A 1.5 day, in-person workshop at RSNA headquarters in Feb. 2023
  • Web-based didactic lectures
  • Web-based small-group grant proposal review discussions

To apply, please visit the RSNA website or download the application

Applications for the 2022-2023 cycle will open in May 2022. For more information click here


Learning objectives 

  • Implement the principles of CER design as they apply to image studies to measure patient outcomes 
  • Describe the large database available for population health and/or predictive analytics 
  • Incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to CER in imaging studies 
  • Comprehend the regulatory and implementation issues associated with imaging related CER
  • Develop a grant proposal for imaging-related CER 


Eligibility criteria
The applicant must:

  1. Be junior faculty and senior trainees in imaging sciences. Mid-to-senior career faculty, international radiologist and research investigators with an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree may also be considered.
  2. Not have been a principal investigator on an externally funded CER project.
  3. Have the support of the department chair at their institution, including release time to attend the 1.5-day, in-person workshop and time to complete online CER modules, interactive web-based sessions, mentoring discussions and homework assignments.
  4. Have a viable research idea known to match current CER priorities, which can be discussed and developed over the course of the program.
  5. Have a mentor, preferably from their home institution, who has been successful at conducting CER and is committed to helping the participant throughout the program and grant application process. The mentor must be willing to provide written input on selected portions of the proposal-in-progress.

Applications for the 2023-2024 cycle will open in May 2023. 


Please note:

  • If selected, the applicant must agree to attend and participate in all aspects of the program and make every effort to submit a grant application to NIH, PCORI or other equivalent agencies by the next funding cycle deadline.
  • The applicant’s institution agrees to be responsible for air travel, hotel accommodations and ground transportation to the course location.
  • If selected, RSNA requires the participant to have an active membership of RSNA, ASNIR, SNMMI, or SIR Foundation 


Limited spaces available
For instructions and the application form,
go to RSNA.org/CERT.
If you have questions, please contact RSNA Staff
at DOR@rsna.org or 630-368-3758.

Hear from Dr. Adam Talenfeld, MD, FSIR, about the CERT Program

See the SIR Foundation members who are participating in the 2022 CERT Program