Operating Grant : HIV/AIDS and STBBI Community-Based Research

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Monday 14th, October 2019

External Deadline: Thursday 17th, October 2019


The CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (CBR) Program is one of four research funding areas of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative. The CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative is responsible for the research components of the major Government of Canada initiative in HIV/AIDS, namely the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada (FI).

The FI is leading efforts towards implementing interventions developed with distinct communities and the CIHR CBR Program aligns with these directions. With the release of the Pan-Canadian Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBI) Framework for Action, FI will expand its scope to promote an integrated approach toward addressing HIV and other STBBI. HIV and other STBBI share common risk factors and transmission routes; are exacerbated by the social, structural, economic and environmental contexts and experience of inequity; and interact with each other to negatively impact disease trajectories and enhance vulnerability. Given the synergies that exist between HIV and other STBBI, the HIV/AIDS research initiative strongly encourages the incorporation of an integrated approach to addressing HIV and other STBBI, while recognizing that infection-specific approaches are still appropriate in certain circumstances or communities. In addition, the HIV/AIDS research initiative strongly emphasizes the importance of meaningful engagement of those with lived/living experience to guide the research processes to better inform research methods and outcomes, which is in keeping with the objectives of the CBR Operating Grants.

The CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program supports the partnered work of Community Leaders and Researchers in knowledge development and capacity-building initiatives of relevance to communities engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program encourages incorporation of other STBBI into the research framework, but will fund projects for which HIV/AIDS remain the main focus. All opportunities offered through the CBR Program are available in two distinct funding pools: Indigenous and General.

The aim of the Operating Grant component of the CBR Program is to contribute to the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and to help develop research capacity, by supporting original, high-quality projects proposed and conducted in partnership with the community and academia.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,800,000, enough to fund approximately four grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year for up to three years for a total of $450,000, per grant.
  • Of this $1,800,000:
    • $900,000 is available to fund two applications relevant to the General Stream.
    • $900,000 is available to fund two applications relevant to the Indigenous Stream.
  • Note that should a stream run out of fundable applications but have funds remaining, these funds can be transferred to the other stream.

Additional information can be found at the CIHR webpage. 

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 1, 2019