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

Projects aligned with UNC HCS 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 HCS 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 HCS Improvement Priorities

  • Mortality Reduction
  • Sepsis
  • Reducing Readmissions/Improving Transitions (Inpatient to Outpatient)
  • Reducing ED/Hospital Use/Unnecessary Procedures
  • Preventing Patient Harm – includes Healthcare Acquired Infections
  • Heart Failure
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Access to Care

Application Process

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.


RFP Published October 28, 2019
Competitive Letter of Intent Due December 2, 2019
Invitation to Apply December 9, 2019
Proposal Due January 31, 2020
Notification of Awards February 28, 2020
Project Start September 1, 2020