Funding for New and Experienced Investigators

The OHTN offers salary awards and operating grants to support HIV-related training and research activities for New and Experienced Investigators.

Targeted Request for Applications - 2012

The OHTN is seeking to fund activities that:

  • are solution-focused - that is, research activities that seek to develop and implement new and innovative or existing pilot programs, services (community-based, social, health), or strategies to address the priorities for this RFA (listed below)
  • engage the affected communities in meaningful and appropriate ways throughout the research process as key members of the research team -- that is, community-based organizations, community members, clinicians and others as appropriate will be: principal and co-investigator members of the research team; involved in decision-making; and contribute their expertise and knowledge throughout the research process and implementation of results
  • have a 1-2 year life cycle -- that is, pilot work or research where the results can be applied within 1 to 2 years to solve a problem or to lay the groundwork for a larger grant to the OHTN or CIHR. For example, an eligible 1-2 year project could focus on collecting pilot data that could be used to evaluate or scale up an intervention, or to develop a new program or policy that would address an important issue in HIV/AIDS.

OHTN Applied HIV Research Chair

To support experienced HIV-researchers and their research programs to have a measurable impact in the short to medium term (2-5 years) on the one or more of the populations most affected by HIV in Ontario.

New Investigator Award

CIHR and the OHTN are collaborating to offer New Investigator Awards as part of the Fall 2011 Priority Announcements managed by CIHR. This initiative will provide new investigators with $60,000 a year for up to five years.

Researcher-in-Residence (Academic Stream)

To support academic researchers from outside of Ontario to bring expertise to Ontario, to:

  • Teach and mentor other researchers and trainees in their field of expertise
  • Engage in intellectual exchange, including knowledge translation and exchange activities with the OHTN and others to take advantage of the presence of a leading HIV researcher

Researcher-in-Residence (Community Stream)

To support HIV researchers (from within or outside of Ontario) to provide support to an ASO or health care locale to utilize research evidence to develop and adapt programs and services to meet the needs of one or more of the populations in Ontario most affected by HIV in the short to medium term (2-5 years), and, conversely, to inform researchers of persistent research gaps (in these populations) that must be addressed.

Research Operating Grant

For Ontario-based research centres to conduct research that: a) is relevant to one or more of the populations most affected by HIV in Ontario (people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, African, Caribbean and Black men and women, Aboriginal men and women, men and women who use drugs, and women who have unprotected sex or share drug equipment with people from these populations); b) has the potential to have a measurable impact in the short to medium term (i.e., in the next 2 to 5 years); and c) is scientifically rigorous.


By the end of 2008, there were approximately 65,000 people living with HIV (including AIDS) in Canada, more than a quarter of whom were unaware of their infection.