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The Center for Health Innovation administers multiple opportunities for pilot award funding, including collaborations with other UNC departments and programs to further UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine’s commitment to innovation. Below is a list of current pilot funding opportunities supported by the Center:

Innovation Pilot Awards

Each year, the Center for Health Innovation offers internal pilot funding to UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine employees for health care innovations across a broad spectrum of interest areas including new models of care, digital health, device development, advanced statistical research, and workforce development. Since introducing the Innovation Pilot Awards in 2013, the Center for Health Innovation has awarded 28 teams over $1,280,000 total to support innovative pilots. The 2021 Innovation Pilot Awards request for proposal is now open and accepting applications through January 19, 2021.


UNC School of Medicine Well-Being Pilot Awards

The Center for Health Innovation is collaborating with the UNC School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development to offer awards that fund pilot projects aimed at promoting the well-being of faculty, staff, and/or students at the UNC School of Medicine as well as medical trainees serving within the UNC Health system. The UNC 2020 School of Medicine Well-Being Pilot Awards request for proposal was closed January 14th, 2020 and is no longer accepting proposal applications. Please see our UNC SOM Well-Being Pilot Award Winners to learn about the winning proposals.


Innovation Well-Being Pilot Awards

The Center for Health Innovation is collaborating with the UNC Integrated Well-Being Program to offer a new award that provides funding for pilots that promote the well-being of faculty and staff within the UNC Health system with the goal of meeting the fourth arm of the Quadruple Aim: preventing burnout and improving work-life balance. The 2019 Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award request for proposal was closed November 1st, 2019 and is no longer accepting proposal applications. Please see our Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award Winners page to learn about the winning proposal.