HIV Endgame Funding Program

The HIV Endgame Program supports people and projects (including innovative, discovery-based and investigator-driven-game-changing projects) 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.

Please review application guidelines before submitting an application and contact OHTN staff if you have any questions.

Fall 2023-24 Awards

Game Changer Awards

Implementation Science (IS)

The Implementation Science Grant funds the development of sustainable, effective HIV programs and services. The goal is to promote the utilization and adoption of evidence-based HIV interventions; support the planning, execution, and implementation of HIV interventions using appropriate implementation science methodologies; and improve HIV programs and services by cultivating regular uptake of evidence-based practice. This funding stream will support implementation science initiatives that will contribute to a rapid learning system for HIV. The project should address a clear care or quality gap in the current HIV care cascade, or health and social system.

Breaking New Ground (BNG)

The Breaking New Ground Grant funds innovative, high-reward projects that will break new ground and build evidence and programs to dramatically improve the prevention, treatment, and care cascade in Ontario. This funding stream supports the piloting, evaluation, or scale up of HIV interventions. The project should address a clear care or quality gap in the current HIV care cascade, or health and social system and work to achieve impact at the front lines of HIV prevention and care.

Endgame Leader Awards

Winston Husbands Leadership

The Winston Husbands Leadership Award in Strengthening the Response to HIV among Black Communities provides salary support for emergent leaders who are interested in working closely and collaboratively with the OHTN to drive change, contribute to rapid learning and improvement in our sector, and build HIV innovation capacity in Ontario. This award is established in recognition of Winston Husbands’ leadership in supporting African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) stakeholders in Ontario build their capacity for community-based knowledge development in HIV.

Junior Investigator Award

The Junior Investigator Grant is for emergent leaders in HIV inquiry who are preparing to establish a HIV program of data, evidence-sharing, and impact. Junior Investigators must be committed to collaboration with other OHTN-funded leaders and stakeholders. Projects should be relevant to the areas of rapid learning and improvement. Their program of data, evidence-sharing, and impact should aim to fill knowledge gaps in HIV prevention and care or evaluate interventions to improve programs and services.

Community Based Project and Participatory Evaluation Program (CBPPEP)

The CBPPEP will provide financial support to eligible community-initiated HIV projects, needs assessments, quality improvement programs, and participatory evaluations that explore issues of importance to community-based organizations and will have a meaningful impact on those most affected by HIV in Ontario in the next 2-3 years.


Incubator Grant

The Incubator Program will support projects that are deemed high-risk, high-reward and that will test, evaluate, and scale up innovative interventions and effective programs and services for the population living with HIV and at risk for HIV in Ontario. The purpose of this grant is support initiatives that will help us meet or exceed 95-95-95 targets across the province.

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.

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.

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