Duke Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School -- Request for Applications: Duke Quality Improvement [Duke Internal Funding]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School, in partnership with Healthy Durham, is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Request for Applications (RFA) for quality improvement projects that promote community-based improvements to health and healthcare.

Applications are open to faculty, staff and students of Duke University and Duke University Health System; projects may apply for up to $5000 in funding.

The application period opens March 1, 2019 and applications are due by 10:00 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Proposed projects should address important problems encountered by care providers, patients and their loved ones across DUHS. Last year’s awardees included “Levelling the Field: Engaging Community Persons in Duke Health Quality Improvement Initiatives” and “A Severe Hypertension Outreach Quality Improvement Initiative”. For this funding opportunity, priority will be given to problems and solutions that are aligned with the following thematic areas:

Changing Dynamics in Care Delivery

  • Access to Care: Projects that develop community-engaged strategies to make measurable improvements in access to medical care for uninsured and underinsured Durham residents
  • Communications: Projects that improve either internal communication between providers, or external communication with the community at large
  • Obesity and Chronic Illness: Projects that provide a community-based approach to address obesity, and associated chronic illnesses including diabetes
  • Novel patient interactions (engagement, education & experience): Projects that amplify the voices of patients, families and caregivers in extending care, education and engagement including digital technologies, mobile apps and novel EHR applications
  • Substance use and mental health: Projects that increase access to substance abuse and mental health services, especially those that address the opioid epidemic
  • HIV and STIs: Projects that increase access to HIV and other STI screening and treatment

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open to faculty, staff and students of Duke University and Duke University Health System.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty


Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 31, 2019