Pre-announcement: CIHR Centres for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs Population Health and Health Services Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) and the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health and the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new Request for Applications (RFA) for Centres for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs Population Health and Health Services Research in May 2018.

Anticipated timelines

  • Program launch: May 2018
  • Application deadline: December 2018

Description

The Centres for HIV/AIDS Population Health and Health Services Research program was originally launched in 2007 and was re-launched in 2013.

The Centres for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs Population Health and Health Services Research program (the Centres) will continue to provide core infrastructure funding for multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary teams of researchers and their stakeholders. The funded Centres will specialize in population health and health services and policy research and capacity building as it pertains to HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs.

The Centres will mobilize the talent, expertise and capacity of different sectors and jurisdictions to solve current and emerging challenges with the ongoing transmission of HIV and for people living with HIV in Canada.

The Centres are expected to work with one another and other relevant regions, networks and partners in order to minimize duplication of efforts and maximize impacts and contributions to reductions in HIV transmission and improved health outcomes for Canadians.

Funds available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $10,000,000, enough to fund approximately two to three grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. Centres may be variable in size, it is anticipated that requested budgets will range from $400,000 to $1,000,000 per annum. The maximum amount per grant is $ 1,000,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $5,000,000, per grant. Approved grants may receive an across-the-board cut to the budget, if necessary, to maximize the number of funded opportunities.
  • Of this $10,000,000:
    • A maximum of $5,000,000 is available to fund applications relevant to support at least one application that focuses exclusively on First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations. Note that should no Indigenous Stream applications be deemed fundable, these funds will be transferred to the General (non-Indigenous) Stream

Objectives

The Centres for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs Research are expected to improve health and access to effective programs and services for people living with and at risk of HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs, particularly for populations most affected. The specific objectives of the Centres are to:

  • foster coordination of research efforts by developing and supporting a network of collaborative Centres for Population Health and Health Services Research Development in HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs;
  • develop and/or strengthen high quality infrastructure for implementation science, health services and population health research to enable Canadian HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBI researchers to conduct innovative, high quality, collaborative research;
  • facilitate implementation science, health services and population health research training and mentoring initiatives to strengthen the capacity of trainees; and
  • accelerate the translation and uptake of knowledge and implementation of evidence to inform practices, policies and programs through models of integrated knowledge translation and innovative strategies that engage stakeholders and partners (including people living with HIV, community organizations, clinicians, policy makers and relevant networks).

Research areas

The CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative will provide funding for Centres that address the relevant research areas described below. Centres are expected to be strategic and focused in their efforts and have impact in each of the following areas:

  • HIV, Hepatitis C and other STBBI prevention and management: Research and capacity building to develop and evaluate innovative models for preventing, managing and treating individuals and populations at risk of developing or living with disease(s).
  • Access to appropriate testing, diagnosis and care for vulnerable populations: Research and capacity building to develop and evaluate innovative models to improve equity of access to appropriate testing, diagnosis and care by focusing on vulnerable subgroups who are at greater risk of poorer health outcomes and experiencing challenges in equity of access, and by addressing individual, social and structural determinants of health that lead to or reinforce conditions of vulnerability (e.g., stigmatization, migration).

To learn more

The complete RFA will be posted on ResearchNet by the end of May 2018.

Contact information

CIHR Contact Centre at 613-954-1968 or support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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