Radiological Research Trust

The Radiological Research Trust was registered with the Charity Commission (registration number 292828) in October 1985. The Trust was set up to raise funds and distribute grants for research and education in Medical Imaging, in response to the severe lack of funding for such a key medical field as radiology. Suggestions of how you can support us generally are available on our Support Us page. The Radiological Research Trust is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial partner organisation. Details of the NIHR can be found at

The Radiological Research Trust is offering small research grants for early career researchers in medical imaging of up to £5,000 awarded biannually.

The next grant deadline is Friday June 24th 2022 – see Grants page for details on how to apply

News Update: We welcome Dr John Ioannou on becoming a new Trustee of the Radiological Research Trust

See the Contact Us page for more information on Dr Ioannou’s background and experience which will help the RRT progress

RRT Trustee, Professor Stephen Keevil  honoured with future Presidency of the BIR

The Radiology Academic Network for Trainees 


** Breaking News: A second Covid research grant has just been awarded to a group from Kings College London **

A special grant for Covid research has been awarded to an international team led by the University of Southampton

Project title: Pathogenesis of lethal respiratory COVID-19; 3D X-ray histology imaging of pathology wax blocks

The team (photo order): Orestis Katsamenis (UoS), Jan von der Thüsen (EMC), Philipp Schneider (UoS), Peter Lackie (UoS), Pierluigi Ciet (EMC), Elaine Ho (UoS)

Institutions: University of Southampton, UK and the Erasmus University Medical Centre, NL

To apply for a Research Grant, please see the Grants page for instructions and use the following document: 

RRT Research Grant Application Form

Below are comments on the RRT from a couple of recent early career researcher awardees. See the Research Page for more details and other previous awards.

“This is an excellent funding opportunity to start a new project”

Naomi Sakai, University College London 
Technical validation of a novel MRI technique for quantification of bone mineral density

Naomi Sakai & Tim Bray, early career researchers in Medical Imaging,
presenting results from their RRT funded projects at an imaging conference

“RRT is a great place to apply for your first funding and can be a springboard for future grants.”

Tim Bray, University College London 
Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Axial Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI)
showing Oedema and Fat Metaplasia by measuring Fat Fraction and Relaxation Time R2*

What is Radiology?

Radiology is a specialty of medicine that just about everybody in their life uses at some point. If you have ever broken a bone, had a baby, found a lump that has been investigated for cancerous cells or your child as swallowed something horrible you will have used radiological related equipment and expertise.

Radiology has been used for medical purposes for over a century and remains a cornerstone of medicine. It can be used for not only diagnostic but also therapeutic purposes. Physicians use the information gained through radiological imaging to diagnose, treat and monitor injuries and diseases.

Radiology is critical to advances in medicine and therefore ultimately the care which hospitals can provide you, their patients. Radiologists use a wide range of methods to study the body including Ultrasound (US), X-Ray Computed Tomography (|CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as seen in the images on the right.

Today the aims of the Trust remain steadfast in providing critical funding to such an important specialty of medicine. Demand for funding remains high and the Trust remains committed to supporting some of the most exciting research in the field.

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