Funding Research with Real-Life Impact

The OHTN is funded by the Ontario taxpayers through the Government of Ontario. As part of Ontario's strategic plan and response to the HIV epidemic, the OHTN must ensure its research investments are aligned with the province's needs and interests. Compared to other HIV research funders, such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Health in the US, the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the OHTN is a relatively small funder. It should not duplicate research funded by these larger organizations or try to fund everything; instead it should fulfill its mandate and its role as a niche funder established specifically to address HIV research needs in Ontario and to support research that will lead to tangible return-on-investments.

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Populations in Ontario most affected by HIV

As part of its new Impact Focused Research Program (IFRP), the OHTN has conducted consultations with representatives of priority populations to identify urgent, unmet needs that could be addressed through research. These research priorities are listed below. This document will be updated regularly in January 2013, so please check back often. The OHTN is committed to funding research that improves the health and well-being of people living with and at risk of HIV in Ontario.

Priorities are listed separately by population; however, the OHTN welcomes proposals that include two or more populations and address cross-cutting themes relevant to them including population health, social determinants of health, and health services initiatives related to the treatment cascade, co-morbidities, and the impact of aging. The goal of the Impact Focused Funding Program is to support research that has the potential to address urgent unmet needs in the short-to-medium term.

Promoting Rigorous, Relevant Research: The Next Five Years

The OHTN's Strategic Plan to 2015: Striving for Excellence, Achieving Impact, reaffirms its commitment to support rigorous relevant research that will have an impact on the health and lives of people with or at risk of HIV. This report describes the OHTN's research granting programs, the types of research we have funded, and the impact of that research over the past 12 years. It was developed to provide background information for a Research Consultation that took place on February 3, 2011 at Hart House, University of Toronto.


We produce an average of more than 10 Rapid Responses each year on emerging issues identified by AIDS Service Organizations in Ontario.