MUSC and Simens Healthineers

Joint Development Grant

MUSC-Siemens Photon Counting Computed Tomography Pilot Project Grant


RFA Released: January 13, 2022
Applications Due: 5 PM EST, March 22, 2022
Anticipated Project Start Date: April 26, 2022


This RFA solicits grant applications proposing novel, advanced, or enhanced uses of Siemens Photon Counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) technology. Co-sponsored by the MUSC Office of Innovation, Siemens Healthineers, and South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, this RFA provides one grant of up to $50,000 for a 12-month period in funding and access to Siemens technology, supporting a PCCT-related pilot project designed to yield preliminary findings to expand clinical utility of a technology, support subsequent extramural grant applications, and/or result in joint product or service development. The aims specified by the application must be distinguishable from those funded by other grants. Proposals may involve novel PCCT protocol optimization and/or clinical application.

Specific priority areas include*:

  • Pulmonary/Lung
  • Neurology/Brain
  • Cancer/Oncology

*No applications outside of these priority areas will be considered.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel including scientific/technical evaluators, members from an external review board comprising MUSC and Siemens representatives, and Office of Innovation leadership.

Applications will be assessed to determine the potential for a project to:

  • Expand the clinical utility of Siemens PCCT technology and improve patient care.
  • Produce data that can be the basis for a larger-scale study with a subsequent extramural grant application, e.g., National Institutes of Health.
  • Result in new, jointly developed innovations.

Additionally, work proposed in the application will be reviewed for:

  • Likely completion of the aims within one-year time-frame
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget expenditures with respect to the development plan for the innovation
  • Measurable, meaningful milestones for quarterly reporting

Official RFA


All applications must be submitted through InfoReady, an online application and review system by following this link.


Preliminary proposal discussion and questions about PCCT technology at MUSC
Jim O’Doherty, Ph.D. ( or or

PCCT charge estimates for proposal budgeting
Office of Clinical Research (

InfoReady and proposal submission process
Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D. (