Welcome to the HIV Endgame Funding Program.

This funding program supports people and projects (including innovative, discovery-based and investigator-driven game changing research) 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 $1,000,000 is available in 2018-19.

Review process

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

Important dates

Webinar info session: November 13, 2018 (12pm EST)

Register for the info session

LOI Application deadline: November 22, 2018 (5pm) revised
Full Application deadline: February 15, 2019 (5pm)

AWARDS

  1. Endgame Leader awards: Salary support for research and community 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 Research and Evaluation Awards: project funding for community based agencies and people living with HIV to undertake research and evaluation that will have a meaningful impact on services for those most affected by HIV.
  4. Emerging Issues Awards: targeted calls for research in urgent or emerging issues where OHTN, in consultation with its stakeholders, have identified clear knowledge gaps.

Endgame Leader Awards

Salary support for research and community 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 research and knowledge transfer 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 research leader
  • Devote at least 60% of time to HIV research, and evidence-sharing
  • 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 Research Chairs
  • Mentor researchers 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


Junior Investigator Awards

Annual amount: $40,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

Focus: A program of research and knowledge transfer 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. Research 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 researcher, including current post-doctoral fellows preparing to establish a HIV program of research and information-sharing
  • Devote at least 60% of time to HIV- research
  • Commitment to collaborate with other OHTN funded researchers
  • 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 program of research
  • 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 researcher’s proposal

Download the application guidelines for the Endgame Leader Awards


Student Leadership Awards

Annual amount: $17,000 Masters $25,000 PhD

Duration: 1 year for Masters / 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 Masters or PhD student
  • Under the supervision of an OHTN funded researcher or other Ontario based HIV researcher
  • Mentor’s commitment to OHTN strategic directions and research priorities

Expected commitments:

  • Develop authentic relationships with people affected by HIV in Ontario to inform future research 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: Research 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 researchers or other Ontario based HIV researcher
  • Already working towards advancing the OHTN strategy
  • Commitment to evidence-sharing

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 research
  • 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 3 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 or evaluate new HIV intervention
  • Multidisciplinary approach

Implementation Science Awards

Annual amount: $200,000 – $300,000

Duration: Up to 3 years

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

  • Scale up of successful HIV interventions
  • Multidisciplinary approach

Community-Based Research and 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 research question 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

Emerging Issues Award

Annual amount: Up to $250,000

Duration: 1-3 years

Eligibility criteria: Principal applicant resides in Ontario and project will be carried out in Ontario. In 2018-19, OHTN will consider projects that plan or pilot interventions that:

  • Use peer support or peer navigation to help people living with HIV have better outcomes along the HIV treatment cascade. Preference will be given to projects where community and clinicians work together.
  • Reduce barriers to early access to HIV care and prevention for people who use drugs including (but not restricted to) making better use of supervised injection sites.
  • Deliver mental health services to people living with HIV in innovative, non-traditional ways (telephone, internet, mobile health units, etc.) or that use mixed public/private billing models to make mental health more accessible to all.
  • Enhance sexual health literacy and/or access to care for a specifically defined population.