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The Center for Health Innovation of UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine is pleased to announce the Innovation Pilot Awards for 2022. All UNC SOM and HCS employees from any owned affiliate are eligible to apply. Applications are due Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 5:00 PM and as many as four (4) awards of up to $50,000 each will be announced in March 2022.

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 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)
  • Novel approaches to improve health equity / reduce health disparities
  • New technologies and new applications for existing technologies (e.g., software 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

Proposals with the following elements will be given strong consideration:

  • Cross-disciplinary, multi-partner, and diverse teams
  • Promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Potential for being positively disruptive
  • Scalable and sustainable ideas

Below you will find the full RFP which contains detailed instructions on how to submit your proposal as well as an example of a previous winner.


Submit your proposal by completing the fields and uploading a .pdf version of your complete proposal in the form linked below:

Submit your proposal!

For more information about the Innovation Pilot Awards, please review our frequently asked questions.

Additional questions can be sent to innovatehealthcare@med.unc.edu.