CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Program


As the Government of Canada's agency for health research, CIHR provides leadership and direction for the research portion of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. The HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (CBR) Program is one of five funding streams of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative.

The CBR program is led by the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, supported by the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, and guided by the efforts of the CBR Steering Committee.

CBR program

The CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (CBR) Program supports partnerships between community leaders and researchers in carrying out research and capacity-building initiatives relevant to communities engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Projects funded through the CBR program must have a partnership between a community-based organization and an academic partner.

Community leaders ensure that research will lead to practical and useful outcomes that will directly benefit the community, while researchers, coming from academia or other research institutions, contribute their research expertise in methodology, scientific rigour and supervision of future researchers.

What is community-based research?

Community-based research (CBR) is a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community health and eliminate health disparities. 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.

Funding and review

The CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program espouses the same values of methodological rigour and ethical review as other research approaches. Each proposal submitted to the program is evaluated under two main criteria with equal weight: potential impact and scientific merit.

With an annual grants and awards budget of approximately $3M, the CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program funds research and capacity building through three funding mechanisms. Funding is available in two streams: Aboriginal and General (non-Aboriginal). CIHR's Institute Community Support Program also provides planning and dissemination grants and travel awards to support developmental research and knowledge translation activities. Information on current and past funding opportunities in HIV/AIDS CBR and other areas is available in the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database.

CBR Funding Opportunity Description Maximum Value / Year Maximum Duration Typical Launch frequency
CBR Catalyst Short-term research grant seed funding $33,000 1 year Twice a year
CBR Operating Multi-year research grant funding $150,000 3 years Once a year
Collaborative Centres of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research To build capacity within the CBR community, CIHR funds two CBR Collaborative Centres - one in the Aboriginal stream and one in the General stream. See Resources section for details. $300,000 5 years Every 5 years

Resources for applicants

What projects have been funded?

Information on projects previously funded under the CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program can be found by searching CIHR's Funding Decisions Database or browsing through CBR research outcome stories.

Potential applicants can contact the HIV/AIDS Research Initiative with any questions related to specific funding opportunities or the CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR program more generally. Potential applicants are also encouraged to contact the relevant Collaborative Centre of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research for information on support they can provide to community organizations interested in developing a CBR project:

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