Seed Grants

IHQI's Seed Grant Program promotes the development of experience and expertise in quality improvement at UNC Hospitals, Faculty Physician practices and Physician Network practices.

IHQI will provide $50,000 each to approximately 5 projects in fiscal year 2016. Funds are for the 12 months beginning July 1, 2015. IHQI staff and faculty will work closely with awardees and provide in-kind support, training, and coaching.

Eligibility and Requirements

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 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.

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

How to Apply

Potential seed grant applications will undergo an initial evaluation via a letter of intent.  Please submit a one-page letter of intent (single-spaced, minimum 11-point font) to Laura Brown ( that addresses these 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 proposals will be made based on review of letters of intent. Read more in the full Request for Proposal.


Competitive Letter of Intent Due

December 1, 2014

Invitation to Apply

December 19, 2014

Proposals Due

February 9, 2015

Notification of Awards

April 1, 2015

LSS Yellow & Blue Belt Training (as needed)

April – Jun 2015

Projects Start

July 1, 2015

2014-2015 Projects

Improving Discharge at North Carolina Children's Hospital

North Carolina Children’s Hospital

Lead: Kathleen Bradford, MD

Enhanced Recovery after Major Gastrointestinal Surgery

North Carolina Memorial Hospital Perioperative Services

Leads: Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD and H.J. Kim, MD

Lung Protective Ventilation and Standardized Spontaneous Breathing Trials

Surgical ICU and Neuroscience ICU

Lead: Thomas Bice, MD

Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care

UNC Primary Care Improvement Collaborative

Lead: Shana Ratner, MD

Survivorship Care Plans

North Carolina Cancer Hospital

Lead: Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN

Unplanned Inpatient Hospital Admissions for Cancer Patients

North Carolina Cancer Hospital

Lead: Bhisham Chera, MD