OHTN funds research that will lead to tangible return-on-investments that reduce transmission of HIV and improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV. The OHTN has a responsibility to the people of Ontario to ensure that the public funds put in its trust are well managed. To this end, and in accordance with our values, OHTN has established policies and guidelines that outline what and how we fund research and that provide guidance to researchers in reporting their work.
Research policies and guidelines
The OHTN Research Accord – A document detailing the commitments that the OHTN makes to funded researchers to support the dissemination of evidence, as well as the commitments that researchers make to the communities we serve, when they are funded by the OHTN.
OHTN priorities and objectives for funding outlines our commitment to direct funding to the populations most affected by HIV
Use of Research Funds Policy – outlines the requirements for the effective, economical and efficient use of OHTN funds and for reporting on their use.
Conflict of Interest Policy – these policies allow researchers to engage in the work of the OHTN while being transparent about real and perceived conflicts of interest.
Plain Language Summary Guidelines – guidance for researchers in preparing this portion of their reporting requirements.
Scientific review of research proposals
OHTN uses a two-stage process of peer review to assess proposals submitted to the HIV Endgame Research Funding Program, and has a standing committee to review applications for community-based research and evaluation funding. Proposals are assessed for relevance and potential impact, as well as scientific and technical merit.