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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 78 | 24. Oktober 2018
Priority Programme “Radiomics: Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging” (SPP 2177)

In March 2018, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Radiomics: Next Generation of Biomedical Imaging” (SPP 2177). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

Biomedical imaging has substantially developed over the last decades and plays a central role in various disease settings of modern medicine. Additionally, imaging is increasingly implemented in clinical research settings, including the formation of large-scale, population-based cohorts. Despite these applications, only very limited image information is used for clinical decision making (i.e., presence or diameter), while a large portion of specific image features is neglected. However, there is early evidence that such “Radiomics”-based assessment provides incremental diagnostic and prognostic information, not only in the oncological disease setting. At the same time, developments in artificial intelligence and deep-learning approaches have opened new opportunities for image interpretation, which may transform the way that imaging is integrated in clinical settings. Overall, there is a window of opportunity to enhance clinical care, and the Priority Programme is designed to further develop and establish the role of “Radiomics” and advanced image interpretation approaches in different clinical scenarios. Special emphasis will be given to projects that focus on clinical translation and implementation of advanced image analysis in the diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic setting in various disease states.

The Priority Programme requires complementary, multidisciplinary teams with expertise in different fields, including clinical imaging, computational science, epidemiology and/or health technology assessment. The interaction among interdisciplinary teams will establish a synergistic platform for successful translational research and effective clinical implementation of imaging techniques. Inclusion of female applicants, clinician scientists, and early-career researchers is strongly encouraged.

Proposals submitted to this call should address at least one of the following fundamental aims:

  • to adapt and implement existing image-analysis algorithms and/or advanced post-processing approaches for clinical and/or population-based research with proof-of-concept of clinical applicability;
  • to determine the diagnostic value of “Radiomics”-based analysis and/or advanced post-processing of imaging data in different clinically relevant settings;
  • to determine the prognostic value of “Radiomics”-based analysis and/or advanced post-processing of imaging data in clinically relevant settings.

For the first funding period, applicants are explicitly encouraged to submit proposals combining more than one aim. Special consideration will be given to projects within the fields of cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, and thoracoabdominal research.

Proposals not eligible under the present call are proposals that:

(A) do not stem from high-quality prospective studies with a statistically reasonable sample size and clearly defined endpoints;
(B) purely focus on the development of image analysis algorithms;
(C) include image acquisition or outcome data collection; and/or
(D) do not comprise computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging data.

Proposal Submission

The deadline for proposal submission is 30 January 2019.

Proposals for the first three-year funding period should be written in English. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG´s electronic proposal processing system. Registered applicants select Proposal Submission – New Project – Priority Programmes and choose “SPP 2177 – Radiomics: Next generation of Biomedical Imaging” on the menu.

The proposal needs to follow the guidelines for Priority Programmes and should be prepared according to the Proposal Preparation Instructions (DFG form 54.01). Please note the “Special Instructions” for Priority Programmes on page 11.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 23 January 2019 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered. You will normally receive confirmation of your registration by the next working day. Note that you will be asked to select the appropriate Priority Programme call during both the registration and the proposal submission process.

Further Information

The elan system can be accessed at:

DFG form 54.01 can be downloaded at:

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme’s coordinator:

Further instructions on submitting a proposal are supplied by the DFG:

For scientific matters:

For administrative and elan matters:


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