Seed Grants

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) awarded $50,000 each to six projects as part of IHQI’s inaugural Seed Grant program in April 2014. The projects will run from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Proposals for 2015-2016 grants will be accepted in late 2014.

The purpose of the IHQI Seed Grant program is to support projects that:

  • result in sustainable and meaningful improvement in the value of patient care
  • align with UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine strategic goals
  • increase improvement capacity and eliminate functional silos

The projects funded in 2014-2015 are:

Discharge Time 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

Stepped Approach to 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