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

CIHR and its Institutes of Infection and Immunity and CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative are pleased to announce the upcoming funding opportunity for Operating Grant: HIV/AIDS and STBBI Community-Based Research.


The CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative has expanded its scope to promote an integrated approach toward addressing HIV and other STBBI across the full cascade of care (prevention, testing, linkage to care, treatment and ongoing care). HIV and other STBBI share common risk factors and transmission routes, are exacerbated by similar social, structural, economic and environmental contexts and experiences 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 CIHR 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 CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative also 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 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 and/or other STBBI. CBR brings researchers together with members of the community to: identify the issues; collect, analyze and interpret the data; and decide how to use the results to inform policy, change practice and improve conditions in the community. 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 between the community and academia.


The objectives of the Operating Grant: HIV/AIDS and STBBI Community-Based Research grant are to:

  • promote the creation of new knowledge that is relevant to communities affected by HIV and other STBBI in Canada;
  • promote the dissemination of new knowledge and uptake of evidence into action to enhance the community response to the HIV epidemic and other STBBI;
  • develop partnerships between researchers and affected communities;
  • build capacity in the knowledge user community to engage in research and use evidence in their everyday business;
  • build the next generation of HIV/AIDS and other STBBI CBR researchers through meaningful engagement of trainees in high quality CBR projects; and
  • reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and/or other STBBI in high-risk groups by focusing research on prevention efforts.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and its partners reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • 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. Of this $1,800,000, $900,000 is available to fund applications relevant to the General Stream and $900,000 is available to fund 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.
Anticipated Timelines*
Launch December 2020
Full Application Deadline March 2021
Notice of Decision June 2021
Funding Start Date July 2021

* These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

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