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 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.
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
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:
- AHA Collaborative Centre of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research - Aboriginal Stream
- REACH Collaborative Centre of HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research - General Stream
- key contact is Sonia Gaudry
- The Learning Place for Community Based Research in HIV/AIDS
- CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Program - A Guide for Applicants
- CIHR Library of Learning Resources
- Fact Sheets: Ethical Issues in HIV Community-Based Research
- Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
- Ethics Issues for Canadian HIV/AIDS Researchers in International Settings (Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research)
- Peer Research In Action III: Ethical Issues (Wellesley Institute)
- CIHR Ethics Office
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