Each year, the Center offers internal pilot funding to UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine employees for health care innovations across a broad spectrum of interest areas including innovative care delivery models and care pathways, new technologies, new applications, advanced analytics, business model innovations, workforce development, and translational research.

This year, 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 in the organization 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 has been released.

2019 Innovation Well-Being Pilot Awards

The UNC Integrated Well-Being Program and the Center for Health Innovation of UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine are pleased to announce an Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award for 2019. We seek proposals from UNC Health Care (owned entities) and UNC SOM employees for initiatives that support the mission of the Integrated Well-Being Program. Applications are due November 1, 2019 by 5PM.  One $25,000 award will be announced in mid-December.  

Through the Integrated Well-Being Program, UNC Physicians, the UNC School of Medicine (UNC SOM) and UNC Health Care are working to develop a comprehensive, system-wide approach to identify the best tools already in use throughout our system and find innovative ways to prevent and treat burnout, facilitate efficiency of practice, and promote a culture of wellness.

The Integrated Well-Being Program is interested in proposals of novel and innovative approaches to be piloted within the UNC Health Care System across a broad spectrum of interest areas, including:

    • Care redesign to change or eliminate stressors in everyday work processes
    • Advanced analytics (e.g., risk assessment, event prediction and detection, resilience/burnout outcomes analysis)
    • Assessment tools and techniques
    • Alternative staffing and new workforce development

Questions can be sent to innovatehealthcare@med.unc.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award replacing the annual Center for Health Innovation Pilot Award Program?

A. No.  The Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award is being offered as a new collaboration between the Center for Health Innovation and the Integrated Well-Being Program.  The 2020 Innovation Pilot Award RFP will be released in November 2019.  

Q.  Can medical students apply for the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award?

A.  Medical students can participate as members of a pilot team but the application must be submitted with a health system employee or faculty member as the Principal Investigator.

Q.  Although the Principal Investigator/applicant must be employed by an owned UNC Health Care entity or UNC SOM, can an Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award fund a project that is implemented at a managed entity?

A.  Each case will need to be reviewed independently to ensure that no laws or contractual obligations will be violated.

Q.  Can the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award be used to fund a study or project already in process?

A.  Generally not.  However, if there is a discreet and separate scope of work with independent aims that can easily be distinguished from the existing project, it may be considered. In this case it is important to clearly articulate the scope of the existing project vs. the pilot in the application.

Q. If a project is not selected for the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award, can a team re-submit the same proposal for the 2020 Innovation Pilot Award?

A.  Yes, absolutely.  However, each team is encouraged to review the summary of raters’ comments and consider revising the proposal as necessary.  

Q.  Can Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award funds be used to pay a consultant outside of the university for services? (e.g., software development, training, etc.)

A. Yes, pilot award funds can be used to pay an outside vendor for services rendered within the scope of the pilot.  Even though it is not required for the application, we highly encourage teams to get an estimate or quote for any third-party services before submitting the application.

Q.  What makes a great proposal?

A.  Successful proposals contain all of the requirements listed in the “Proposal Requirements” section and demonstrate that the pilot project applies to all or most of the criteria outlined in the “Review and Selection Process” section of the RFP.   Also, applicants are welcome to request a consultation to review proposal ideas in advance of submission for general guidance and feedback (email: innovatehealthcare@med.unc.edu). Please note: A consult prior to submission does not factor into the scoring or ranking of proposals.  

Q.  How else can someone work with the UNC Center for Health Innovation outside of participating in the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award?

A.  The Center’s mission is to initiate, evaluate, disseminate and support adoption of disruptive innovations in the delivery and financing of health care that are patient centered and increase value with improved health outcomes and lower costs.  We are always looking to connect with colleagues and collaborate with partners in new and exciting ways.  Feel free to submit an inquiry to innovatehealthcare@med.unc.edu at any time.

Also, in addition to the Innovation Well-Being Pilot Award, the Center for Health Innovation will also administer a separate 2020 Innovation Pilot Award RFP that will be released in November 2019.  Click here for a list of past Innovation Pilot Award projects.