The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) is soliciting applications from UNC School of Medicine and Health Care System clinical leaders who want to develop clinical improvement skills by participating in the IHQI Improvement Scholars Program. Applications from all UNC Health Care System entities are encouraged as this program is not exclusive to the Chapel Hill-based entities.

Please address questions about the Improvement Scholars Program to Laura Brown, 919-818-3558.

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. Projects should consider strategies for reducing cost of care. Proposals to research new interventions for efficacy and/or effectiveness will not be funded.

Projects must align with UNC HCS entity improvement goals. Project applicants should discuss project ideas and seek guidance and approval from clinical leads of UNC HCS entity improvement goals prior to submitting a letter of intent. Selected projects must be approved by clinical leads of prioritized improvement initiatives. IHQI can help potential applicants connect with the appropriate clinical leads.

If you have a project idea that aligns with an institutional improvement priority not listed on the UNC HCS Intranet FY19 Goals pages (may require HCS domain ID login), please contact Laura Brown at IHQI to discuss the feasibility of IHQI support for the proposed project.

Project leads meet monthly with IHQI faculty coaches throughout the project period. All project teams will meet together at half-day IHQI-facilitated meeting three times during the funding period. Each project lead will attend and present results at the IHQI Improvement Scholars Symposium near the end of the project period.

Application Procedure

The Improvement Scholars Application is available here.

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


(specific dates to be added in summer, 2019)

RFP Published October, 2019
Competitive Letter of Intent Due November, 2019
Invitation to Apply November, 2019
Proposals Due January, 2020
Notification of Awards February, 2020
Team Preparations with IHQI March, 2020
Projects Start September 1, 2020