2020 Innovation Pilot Award Request for Proposal
The Center for Health Innovation of UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine is pleased to announce the Innovation Pilot Awards for 2020. All UNC SOM and HCS employees from any owned affiliate are eligible to apply. Applications are due January 14, 2020 and as many as four (4) awards of up to $50,000 each will be announced in March 2020.
The Center for Health Innovation initiates, evaluates, and supports the adoption of disruptive patient-centered innovations in the delivery and financing of health care that align with the quadruple aim. These innovations create a new value proposition for the customer, such as greater simplicity, convenience, and quality at a lower cost. The Center 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:
- Innovative care delivery models and pathways (e.g., population health management, coordination of care, integration of care, novel patient engagement approaches)
- New technologies and new applications for existing technologies (e.g., applications, mobile applications, mobile devices, wearables, clinical devices, decision support)
- Advanced analytics (e.g., clinical risk assessment, event prediction and detection, health outcomes analysis)
- Business model innovations (e.g., financial incentives, new reimbursement models, changes to cost structure)
- Alternative staffing and new workforce development
- Translational research
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can medical students apply for the Innovation 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 or project leader.
Q. Can an Innovation Pilot Award fund a project at a managed UNC Health Care entity?
A. Each case will need to be reviewed independently to ensure that receipt of the pilot award would not violate any laws or contractual obligations.
Q. Can the Innovation 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. Can a team re-submit a proposal that was not selected for funding during a previous cycle?
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 Pilot Award funds be used to pay a vendor 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. We strongly 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. An example of the narrative section of a past winning proposal is available for your reference. Also, applicants are welcome to meet with Center staff to review proposal ideas in advance of submission for general guidance and feedback (email email@example.com). Please note the Center for Health Innovation staff do not participate in the scoring of applications and meeting with the Center 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 Pilot Awards?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Q: What other funding opportunities for innovative health care ideas are available at UNC?
A: In addition to the Center for Health Innovation’s Innovation Pilot Awards, there are variety of other awards and programs focused on supporting innovation throughout UNC Health Care, including:
- NC TraCS $5K – $50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Grant Program
Program funds proposals intended to provide preliminary data for external grants submissions. 1-year grants of up to $25,000 ($50,000 with required match) are offered 3 times per year.
- UNC Institute for Health Care Quality Improvement (IHQI) Improvement Scholars Program
Structured, experiential learning program for clinical improvement leadership. Selected scholars and their project teams receive support, training, and coaching from IHQI faculty and staff.
- 2020 UNC School of Medicine Well-Being Pilot Awards
Collaborative effort between the UNC School of Medicine and the Center for Health Innovation to promote the well-being of faculty, staff, and students. As many as three (3) awards of up to $10,000 each are offered for 2020.
- Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) Creativity Hubs Pilot Award
Award promotes cross-disciplinary research and investment from external groups. $5,000 is awarded to 4-8 Preproposal Finalists to further develop proposal, with $500,000 awarded to 2 Full Proposal Finalists.
- Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) Faculty and Student Projects
Program supports projects that grow intellectual property or provide commercial opportunities. Preproposals are required for all applicants and up to $500,000 is awarded depending on project design and scope.
- Innovate Carolina – Get Funding
University-wide initiative to help faculty, students, and staff thrive as innovators and entrepreneurs. Database lists funding opportunities from internal and external sources and includes pertinent contact information.