Seed Grants

IHQI's Seed Grant Program promotes the development of improvement expertise among School of Medicine faculty. IHQI staff and faculty work closely with awardees and provide in-kind support, training, and coaching.

Learn more about funded projects.

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 School of Medicine 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. Project sponsors are required to complete Lean Six Sigma Blue Belt training. 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 undergo an initial evaluation via a letter of intent.  Please submit a one-page letter of intent (single-spaced, 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.

The application for FY18 will be posted in October 2016. The FY17 application is a useful starting point: IHQI Seed Grant Application FY17

Feel free to review this successful proposal from the 2014-2015 cycle: Stepped Approach to Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care


IHQI is putting the finishing touches for the FY18 Application process. Check back for updates, or send an email to Jake Reardon ( to be added to our mailing list. An announcement of the FY18 RFP will be made via Vital Signs and IHQI's mailing list.

The below schedule is tentative as of September 2016.

Competitive Letter of Intent Due

October 12, 2016

Invitation to Apply

October 19, 2016

Proposals Due

December 5, 2016

Notification of Awards

February 27, 2017

Yellow & Blue Belt Training (as needed)

Spring 2017

Projects Start

July 1, 2017