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The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) invites applications from UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health clinicians who want to develop improvement leadership skills by participating in the IHQI Improvement Scholars Program.

Please contact Laura Brown for more information.

Application Process

The first step in the application process is to submit a one-to-two-page letter of intent. If your letter of intent meets initial selection criteria, you will be invited to submit a full project proposal.

The Improvement Scholars Application (includes letter of intent and project proposal instructions) is here.

Successful proposals from previous cycles:

Stepped Approach to Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care.

Inpatient Care for Patients with IV or Opioid Drug Use-Associated Infections


RFP Published Oct 29, 2020
Competitive Letter of Intent Due Dec 3, 2020
Invitation to Apply Dec 11, 2020
Proposal Due Feb 5, 2021
Notification of Awards Mar 26, 2021
IHQI Project Support Begins Sep 1, 2021


Project 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, unwarranted care variation and health disparities. Proposals to research new interventions for efficacy and/or effectiveness will not be selected.

Projects aligned with UNC Health improvement priorities are encouraged. If you have a project idea that aligns with an improvement priority not listed below, please contact Laura Brown at IHQI to provide information about the institutional priority and discuss the feasibility of IHQI support for the proposed project.

Project applicants should discuss project ideas and seek guidance and approval from leaders of UNC Health improvement initiatives prior to submitting a letter of intent. IHQI will consult with leaders of improvement initiatives prior to inviting full proposals from prospective scholars.

UNC Health Improvement Priorities

  • Mortality Reduction
  • Sepsis
  • Reducing Readmissions/Improving Transitions (Inpatient to Outpatient)
  • Reducing ED/Hospital Use/Unnecessary Procedures
  • Preventing Patient Harm – includes Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Medication Safety and Stewardship (Antibiotics, Opioids, etc.)
  • Heart Failure
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Access to Care