Researchers emerge from different corners of Ontario. One has a question and one has a magnifying glass.

The OHTN funds research with real-life impact to improve the health and well-being of people with and at risk of HIV. Our research programs fund projects relevant to Ontario’s needs and help create a community of scientists in Ontario with the perspective and skills to inform Ontario’s strategic response to HIV. To ensure the excellence of the research we fund and our accountability to the communities of people living with and at risk of HIV and to Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Strategy, applications for funding undergo a rigorous scientific review process and funded research is subject to clear policies and guidelines. Potential applicants should familiarize themselves with these processes and responsibilities.

Current Research Calls

The following grant opportunities are currently underway:

  • Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Awards – Indigenous peoples in Canada are disproportionately affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs). The Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Awards is intended to engage Indigenous post-secondary students in developing research projects, programs and services that embody Indigenous ways of knowing to better serve First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. The awards will support two Indigenous students in 2017-18 in learning about culturally-safe community-based research practices, building future research capacity. Final application deadline is November 10, 2017. Interested Indigenous students and their Indigenous community partner agency are encouraged to contact Jessica Demeria (jdemeria@ohtn.on.ca), OHTN Indigenous Research Initiatives Coordinator to begin the application process.  The full funding guidelines and application form are available here.

Ongoing Research Calls

The following grant opportunities are ongoing with submissions welcomed throughout the year:

  • OHTN Community-Based Research & Evaluation Fund – Applications are welcomed from AIDS Service Organizations and Community-based Organizations. Interested applicants should contact OHTN funding staff at funding@ohtn.on.ca, prior to beginning an application. The purpose of this program is to support Community-based agencies, their staff, and people living with HIV/AIDS to undertake community-based research and evaluation activities that will have a meaningful impact (ie. Create action) in the short- to medium- term for those most affected by HIV. Such projects may aid in developing and modifying effective programs and services or developing new policies and practices, or generating preliminary data to make the case for additional research.
  • OHTN Training Award: High Resolution Anoscopy – Applications are welcomed from licensed physicians in Ontario to undertake training in high resolution anoscopy. Applicants must be providing care to individuals with HIV, and have access to medical facilities with the appropriate equipment (or the potential to secure such equipment). The purpose of this support is to enhance the provision of anal cancer screening and follow-up of HPV-infected, HIV-positive individuals.

Past Calls

In the past, the OHTN has supported numerous open calls for research applications. It is likely that future calls will focus on some of these award types.

  • OHTN Applied HIV Research Chairs – fund successful people to work in new and different ways. We fund leaders in the field who are mentors to others, and who have the ability to develop dynamic partnerships with those affected by HIV. Our Applied HIV Research Chairs will champion the OHTN’s vision of solution-focused research and its focus on implementation science. OHTN Applied HIV Research Chairs will be ambassadors for HIV research in Ontario. They will lead rigorous, relevant programs of research and strive to have an impact on the epidemic. They will work to build research capacity within the province and work with community stakeholders and priority populations in engaging and collaborative ways. Here is the outcome of our most recent chair competition.
  • Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Fund – launched in May 2015 to support Indigenous post-secondary students working with an Indigenous Health or Community Agency based in Ontario. The purpose of this program is to provide some resources to community-based agencies serving indigenous communities to evaluate existing HIV/STBBI programs and services; or to adapt wellness programs currently addressing another aspect of health to include a focus on HIV/STBBIs. It also provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience and training in community based research practices that are methodologically sound, culturally safe and developed in partnership with the community to ensure relevance.
  • Researchers in Residence Awards (Community Stream) – support exceptional HIV researchers (from within or outside of Ontario) to provide direct, personal support to an ASO or community-based health centre to utilize research evidence. The research will assist the agency in developing and adapting programs and services to meet the needs of its clients, or conversely, will help gather information on persistent research gaps that must be addressed. Applicants must hold a PhD, MD, or relevant research degree at the time of the start of the award, and conduct research in an area that is congruent with the needs and interests of the host organization, and is relevant to one or more of the populations in Ontario most affected by HIV. They must be able to commit 75% of their time for 3-12 months to the Residency Award.
  • Research Operating Grants – support exceptional HIV research teams conducting relevant and community-engaged research that aligns with the OHTN’s research funding policy, Funding Research with Real-Life Impact. The proposed research must be designed to help us achieve our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living with and at risk of HIV in Ontario. Research Operating Grants offered by the OHTN typically have a maximum value of $125,000 a year for up to three years.
  • Junior Investigator Development Award (JIDA) – supports exceptional junior HIV researchers to develop a program of research that is relevant, impactful and alignswith the OHTN’s research funding policy, Funding Research with Real-Life Impact. The proposed research must be designed to help us achieve our mission to improve the health and well-being of people living with and at risk of HIV in Ontario. This award is comprises of two parts: A 2-year post-doctoral phase, and a 3-year junior investigator phase.
  • Residency in HIV Care provides support for postgraduate (residency) training in HIV care for physicians at the PGY-3 level. The purpose of this program is to enhance the provision of HIV care in Ontario by providing the opportunity for additional concentrated HIV-specific training to physicians.

More details of these awards will be posted when a call becomes available. For more information please contact funding@ohtn.on.ca.