Seed Grants


The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) Seed Grant Program promotes the development of experience and expertise in healthcare improvement among School of Medicine faculty and clinician leaders at UNC Hospitals, Faculty Physician and Physician Network practices. Projects begin July 1, 2017 and run through June 30, 2018. IHQI will work closely with awardees and provide in-kind support, training, and coaching. Please address questions to Laura Brown, IHQI Director of Operations,, 919-818-3558.

Learn more about funded projects.

Eligibility and Requirements

Projects are intended to improve clinical care and outcomes for a population of patients by implementing proven and/or expert-recommended strategies and approaches. Proposals to research new interventions for efficacy and/or effectiveness will not be funded. Seed grant projects must be conducted within UNC Hospitals, Faculty Physicians practices or Physician Network practices, and can be led by UNC faculty, staff, fellows and residents.

Projects must align with one of the following initiatives. Project applicants are expected to discuss project ideas with physician leads prior to submitting letter of intent:

  1. Mortality Reduction Program: Focus on Sepsis – Physician Lead: , MD
  2. Primary Care Improvement Collaborative – Physician Lead: , MD
  3. Care Transitions/Preventing Readmissions – Physician Lead: , MD
  4. Outpatient Care Transitions - Physician Lead: , DO
  5. Reducing Patient Harm – Physician Lead: , MD, MPH

Project team members are required to complete Yellow Belt training prior to project start. Project sponsors are required to complete Blue Belt training prior to project start. Some project teams may be required to participate in Purple Belt training during the award period.

Project team leads and project managers/coordinators will meet monthly with IHQI faculty coaches throughout the project period. All project teams will meet together at a half-day IHQI-facilitated meeting three times during the funding period. Each project lead will attend and present results at the IHQI Seed Grant Symposium in May 2018.

Application Procedure

The Seed Grant Application - FY18 can be downloaded here. Please submit a one-page letter of intent (single-spaced, 11-point font) by 5pm on November 28, 2016 to that addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the problem or gap in quality you seek to improve?
  2. Where is this problem occurring (specify hospital unit, outpatient practice setting, etc.)?
  3. How has this problem been addressed successfully in other settings?
  4. How do you propose to solve this problem/close the gap in quality?
  5. How will you know if you have improved (what is the main outcome to be measured)?
  6. Who will comprise the improvement team?

Invitations to submit a proposal will be based on review of letters of intent and extended by December 5, 2016. The application for FY18 can be found here. Feel free to review this successful proposal from the 2014-2015 cycle: Stepped Approach to Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care


Below are the dates for the FY18 Application process. If you would like to be added to IHQI's mailing list, or if you have any questions, contact .

Competitive Letter of Intent Due

November 28, 2016

Invitation to Apply

December 5, 2016

Proposals Due

February 3, 2017

Notification of Awards

March 6, 2017

Yellow & Blue Belt Training (as needed)

March – June 2017

Projects Start

July 1, 2017