Welcome to the HIV Endgame Program.

This program supports people and projects (including innovative, discovery-based and investigator-driven game changing project) that have the potential to:

  • meet the needs of populations in Ontario most affected by HIV
  • drive changes in policy and practice across the HIV prevention, engagement, and care cascade
  • lead to more integrated health and social services
  • identify effective ways to address the social determinants that have a negative impact on the health of communities most affected by HIV
  • contribute to a rapid learning HIV health and social system.

Priorities

Through a strategic planning process and stakeholder consultations, OHTN has identified seven priorities or key learning areas:

  • Effective PrEP scale-up in Ontario
  • Population-focused prevention and health promotion
  • HIV testing
  • Linkage, adherence and retention in care
  • Clinical care standards and capacity
  • Integration of services
  • Mental health and well-being of people living with and at risk of HIV (including stigma reduction)

Funding

Up to $1,250,000 is available in 2019-20.

Review process

A diverse OHTN Review Committee will review and appraise every proposal submitted to the HIV Endgame Program. Review criteria will be included in the application guidelines.

Important dates

Information Session: June 27, 2019 (12:00 pm-1:00pm EST)
Letter of Intent due: July 12, 2019 (5:00 pm EST)
Results of Letter of Intent to be released on August 15, 2019
Full Application due: October 7, 2019 (5:00 pm EST)
Please refer to application guidelines, for any other deadlines.

AWARDS

  1. Endgame Leader awards: Salary support for leaders at different stages of their careers who are interested in working with the OHTN to drive change.
  2. Game Changer awards: project funding to generate game-changing knowledge, and pilot and scale-up game-changing interventions
  3. Community-based Project and Participatory Evaluation Awards: project funding for community-based agencies and people living with HIV to undertake HIV projects, needs assessment, quality improvement, and evaluation that will have a meaningful impact on services for those most affected by HIV.

Endgame Leader Awards

Salary support for leaders at different stages of their careers who are interested in working with the OHTN to drive change.

Chair Awards

Annual amount: $75,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

Focus: A comprehensive program of data, evidence-sharing and impact to improve the HIV prevention and care cascade working with a defined population.

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Outstanding leader
  • Devote at least 60% of time to HIV data, evidence-sharing, and impact
  • Formally /informally mentor individuals from within the population designated to understand and apply data and evidence, and to improve prevention, treatment and care for this population

Expected commitments:

  • Participate in rapid learning and improvement initiatives that emerge from OHTN’s collective impact work
  • Act as a source of expertise for program development and for learning improvement within Ontario’s HIV sector; OHTN expects our chairs to be leaders for change beyond academia
  • Collaboration with other OHTN Chairs
  • Mentor individuals funded through the OHTN Student Leadership Awards helping them to build effective relationships and knowledge sharing skills

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Innovator Awards

Annual amount: $50,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

Focus:work will focus on studies to fill prevention and/or care knowledge gaps and/or evaluate interventions to improve programs and services.

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Outstanding leader
  • Devote at least 40% of time to HIV data, evidence-sharing, and impact
  • Hold operating grants for project(s) with potential to improve the prevention, treatment, and care cascade in Ontario

Expected commitments:

  • Participate in rapid learning and improvement initiatives that emerge from OHTN’s collective impact work, when these initiatives intersect with the funded program of data, evidence-sharing and impact
  • Act as a source of expertise for program development and for learning improvement within Ontario’s HIV sector, relevant to the issues identified in the proposal submitted

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Junior Investigator Awards

Annual amount: $40,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

Focus: A program of data, evidence-sharing and impact to improve some element of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care or support in Ontario relevant to the learning and improvement areas outlined by the OHTN. This program should uncover care/service gaps, propose solutions and/or evaluate interventions to improve programs and services

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Emerging investigator, including current post-doctoral fellows preparing to establish a HIV program of data, evidence-sharing and impact
  • Devote at least 60% of time to HIV data, evidence-sharing and impact activities
  • Commitment to collaborate with other OHTN funded innovators
  • Demonstrate institutional commitment for a present or future full-time position

Expected commitments:

  • Participate in rapid learning and improvement initiatives that emerge from OHTN’s collective impact work, when these initiatives intersect with the funded projects
  • Act as a source of expertise for program development and for learning improvement within Ontario’s HIV sector, relevant to the issues identified in the proposed work

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Student Leadership Awards

Annual amount: $25,000 PhD

Duration: 2 years for PhD

Focus: Explore gaps or identify barriers and facilitators towards improved prevention, treatment, care or support, working with a specific population

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Outstanding PhD student
  • Under the supervision of an OHTN funded innovator or other Ontario based HIV investigators
  • Mentor’s commitment to OHTN strategic directions and areas of rapid learning

Expected commitments:

  • Develop authentic relationships with people affected by HIV in Ontario to inform future initiatives
  • Participate in OHTN initiatives when invited
  • Support program development and quality improvement within Ontario’s HIV sector, when possible

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Community Fellowship Awards

Annual amount: $20,000

Duration: 1 year

Focus: Project should address gaps identified by frontline service providers and work to better define these challenges, or identify solutions.

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Community members or frontline providers
  • Collaboration with OHTN funded innovators or other Ontario based HIV investigators
  • Already working towards advancing the OHTN strategy
  • Commitment to data, evidence-sharing, and impact

Expected commitments:

  • Participate in rapid learning and improvement initiatives that emerge from OHTN’s collective impact work, when these initiatives intersect with the project funded
  • Participate in OHTN initiatives when invited

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Game Changer Awards


Breaking New Ground Awards

Annual amount: $50,000 – $150,000

Duration: Up to 2 years

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario

  • Generate new knowledge to improve HIV prevention, engagement, and care cascade
  • Potential to break new grounds
  • Pilot, evaluate or scale up new HIV intervention
  • Multidisciplinary approach

Implementation Science Awards

Annual amount: $150,000 – $250,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario.

  • Develop sustainable, effective HIV programs and sevices
  • Plan, execute and implement HIV interventions using appropriate implementation science methodologies
  • Multidisciplinary approach

Please click here to access relevant resources on Implementation Science


Community-Based Project and Participatory Evaluation Awards

Annual amount: $25,000 – $50,000

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project to be carried out in Ontario. The project or evaluation is:

  • Identified by the community
  • Consistent with OHTN strategy
  • Relevant to one or more Ontario populations most affected by HIV
  • Will enhance HIV programs, and evaluate the structure and effectiveness of HIV programs
  • Demonstrates ability to partner/collaborate with other stakeholders