All proposals submitted to the Impact-Focused Research Program are reviewed for relevance and potential impact, as well as scientific and technical merit. OHTN uses a two-stage process of peer review adapted from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Enhanced Review Criteria.

Scientific review is conducted by Canadian and international scientists. Review committees may be recruited from all disciplines relating to HIV, and may also involve community members and research/knowledge users experienced in HIV research. The purpose of peer review is to select research for funding that meets the objectives of our policy, “Research for Real-life Impact” and that is relevant, of high quality and has a high probability of achieving its goals. To maintain the objectivity of the process, the names of all reviewers are kept confidential.

OHTN Research Chair: Dr. Jonathan Salsberg

Jon Salsberg
The integrity of the research process is overseen by OHTN Research Chair, Jonathan Salsberg. Dr. Salsberg, Associate Director of Participatory Research at McGill University, has extensive experience in participatory, community-based research and public health promotion.  Dr. Salsberg currently chairs the Community-Based Research and Evaluation Review Committee, as well as any committees formed to review applications to a targeted funding competition. He is involved with OHTN staff in selecting appropriate reviewers for these committees, and his presence helps ensure consistent and rigorous application of OHTN review processes.

Scientific reviewers are carefully selected for their knowledge and expertise. Recent reviewers have been affiliated with:

  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo Areas
  • AIDS Committee of Durham
  • AIDS Committee of Ottawa
  • AMFAR
  • Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada
  • Columbia University
  • Gay Men’s Sexual Health
  • John Hopkins School of Public Health
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • St. John Regional Hospital
  • University Health Network
  • University of California
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Windsor
  • US Office of National AIDS Policy
  • Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
  • Yale University

Community-Based Review Research and Evaluation Review Committee

The Community-Based Research and Evaluation Fund assists communities by supporting both: community-based research to discover new knowledge; and participatory program evaluation to promote evidence-based practice. The objectives of the fund are to:

  • Enhance the capacity of Community-Based HIV/AIDS Organizations (CBAOs), their staff, and people living with HIV/AIDS to meaningfully participate in community-based research and/or participatory program evaluation activities
  • Support CBAOs, their staff, and people living with HIV/AIDS to undertake CBR and evaluation activities that will have a meaningful impact on those most affected by HIV in the short-to medium-term (i.e. create action), such as: developing and modifying effective programs and services, developing new policies and practices, and generating preliminary data to make the case for more research
  • Enhance partnerships among a broad range of stakeholders, including researchers, policy/decision makers, community-based organizations, and people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Support effective knowledge translation and exchange activities.

Applications for community-based research and evaluation funding are accepted quarterly, and reviewed by a standing committee. Proposals are assessed based on their relevance and potential impact, as well as their scientific merit.

Chair:  Dr. Jonathan Salsberg, McGill University

Recent members of the Community-Based Research and Evaluation Review Committee have been affiliated with the following agencies and institutions:

  • Dalhousie University
  • Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health, Vancouver BC
  • Columbia University
  • COCQ-SIDA, Montréal, QC
  • All Nations Hope Network, Regina SK
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Centre for Community-Based Research, Waterloo ON
  • University without Walls
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