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GivingTuesday | Your Gift at Work | Update on Diversity RFP (Winter 2019, Vol. 9, No. 4)

Celebrating the ROI's Resident Researchers
The ROI has supported several exceptional residents conducting research, helping them to establish a record of securing grants. Learn more about these investigators and a new award that will help continue funding for resident research.
Great Response to the ROI Request for Research to Improve Diversity
The ROI was excited to receive a wide variety of ideas for new research projects focused on improving diversity, inclusion and health equity in radiation oncology and is looking forward to announcing new grants in the spring!
 
GivingTuesday 2019
Take part in the global celebration of generosity on December 3, by sharing your unselfies and making a gift, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
 
Douglas Martin, MD
Douglas Martin, MD, is a generous supporter of the ROI as a member of the Founders’ Circle and the 2019 President’s Circle. He supports the ROI to “give back to our field and to those who are working to improve the care we provide.”
Join the New ROI Sustainers' Circle
With a monthly donation, you can become a member of the new ROI Sustainers’ Circle and show your commitment to investing in radiation oncology research all year long.  
 
Reasons to Give to the ROI
As the season of giving approaches, J. Frank Wilson, MD, FASTRO, and Timothy Williams, MD, FASTRO, consider the many reasons why donors like you choose to support the ROI.
Your Gift at Work: ROI Funds Virtual Reality Study
David Byun, MD, and his team at NYU Langone Health's Perlmutter Cancer Center are investigating whether the use of virtual and augmented reality can help reduce patient anxiety during radiation therapy. 
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Great Response to the ROI Request for Research to Improve Diversity

Thank you to all of the research teams who submitted a total of 36 letters of intent (LOIs) in response to the Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology request that the ROI released earlier this year. The ROI was excited to see a wide variety of innovative concepts for research to reduce disparities in patient care, increase participation of under-represented groups in clinical trials and improve diversity in the radiation oncology workforce.

The ROI’s Research Committee and members of ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CHEDI) are partnering to review the LOIs and proposals to ensure that the ROI is supporting the highest priority research that will address some of the most pressing challenges to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in radiation oncology. The rigorous peer-review process has begun, and the review committee is eager to see the full proposals when they are submitted by the end of January. The awards, typically ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, will be announced in May 2020 following final review and approval by the ROI Board of Trustees. Be sure to follow the ROI on Facebook and Twitter to find out who will be the new grantees and their fantastic ideas for improving health equity, diversity and inclusion in radiation oncology!