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.

Seed grants are for $50,000 and projects last for 12 months. 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 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.

If you are invited to apply, use this application: 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


Competitive Letter of Intent Due

October 12, 2015

Invitation to Apply

October 19, 2015

Proposals Due

December 4, 2015

Notification of Awards

February 26, 2016

Yellow & Blue Belt Training (as needed)

Spring 2016

Projects Start

July 1, 2016