HIV Community Based Research

Bringing Community & Academia together through research

CHIWOS is hiring a PRA Trainer!

The Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) is a women-centred, community-based research project. It brings together researchers, clinical staff, community partners, and women living with HIV from across Canada with the aim of improving the standard of care offered to HIV-positive women in Canada. The study is looking for a Peer Research Assistant Trainer.

Please see the full description of the job description and details here!

CAHR 2013 Call for Abstracts

Welcome to the first E-News for the 22nd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2013), which will be held April 11-14, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. The conference is presented by the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), representing Canadian HIV researchers in the disciplines of basic science, clinical science, epidemiology/public health and social science.

See the full details by clicking on this link

CAHR Website Launch

The Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed Web site, which went live on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012.

The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with a bold new look, a clean design, and features content focused on our mission, activities and funded researchers.  The website will highlight new types of content, including training tools for young researchers, a redesigned conference website, and more user-friendly architecture.

The website will be updated on a regular basis, with ground-breaking news, events, funding opportunities, researcher profiles and new content. We will be encouraging our community to contact us through the website and sign up for our newsletter mailing list which is a great way to stay informed.

view the website here

Momentum Health Study – recruiting participants!

The Momentum Health Study is a new sexual health study for gay, bi and other men who have sex with men in the Greater Vancouver area coordinated by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, in clinical partnership with the Vancouver Coastal Health STOP HIV/AIDS Team and supported by the Health Initiative for Men, YouthCO and Positive Living BC. We are a peer-recruited study and are looking for new participants to start the peer-recruitment chain process.
If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in our safe and confidential study, please answer a few questions on our online form here and our study staff may contact you to schedule you a visit at your convenience. You will be compensated $50 for your study visit and may be eligible for an additional $10 for each friend you help us recruit. We also have opportunities to win great prizes such as a monthly draw for $250 to the Apple Store and a 6-month draw for a $2000 gift certificate to the Flight Centre.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please email us at, feel free to circulate this widely through your networks and apologies for cross-posting.
All the best,
The Momentum Health Study Team


Jamie Forrest, MPH
Project Coordinator, Momentum Health Study
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
505-1200 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC.
V6Z 2C7
Office: 604-558-2018

TWO New HIV CBR Projects!

Two new CBR projects submitted for funding on June 15, 2012.

Both projects are collaborations between Positive Living BC, the Pacific AIDS Network and the Dr. Peter Centre with academic assistance from Dr. Cindy Patton and her crew at the Health Research Methods Training (HeRMeT) Lab at Simon Fraser University.

The Executive Summaries are below, please contact me for further information about either project….and wish us luck!!

Results will be published in October 2012.

The HIV CBR Manual:

The HIV CBR Manual application proposes to create a reference manual written in plain language designed to build the capacity of Community Based Organizations (CBO) to initiate competitive CBR grants and research projects. Written from an HIV community perspective, this manual will outline stages of the CBR project development process – beginning with the equitable engagement of academic researchers and culminating in the successful application of CBR findings to fund evidence-based HIV programming and to facilitate policy uptake. The manual, accessible in printed format and companion online reference tools, will effectively disseminate the cumulative work of the nine year history of the CBR Facilitator program at the Positive Living Society of BC, while continuing to build the capacity of community for competitive grant applications and community-situated rigorous HIV CBR in BC. Building the capacity of CBOs to initiate CBR is an approach whose time has come.

The Partner Building Sessions:

This grant will provide a series of five facilitated partner building sessions bringing together academic researchers and community based organizations to develop successful, equitable HIV CBR projects. By convening guided discussion sessions of community partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge users, we will develop equitable CBR partnerships resulting in more successful grant applications.  The partner building sessions will facilitate regional collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds, building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional HIV CBR community. The sessions will match community and academic partners; establish a relationship communication channel to understand capacity, explore common ground, research topic compatibility; and ultimately develop CBR project proposals for funding submission.

Here to help, let’s talk!


I’m here to help any AIDS Service Organization, or person living with HIV, develop ideas for HIV Community Based Research projects in BC.

Effective April 1, 2012, Positive Living BC will continue to offer CBR Facilitation as one of the many support services provided for people living with HIV in BC. I am pleased to brainstorm ideas, assist with funding applications, help plan a Community Forum to discuss research findings, and provide technical advice for CBR projects when warranted. I will also broker a relationship with an academic partner appropriate to your project idea.

Contact me anytime to talk about YOUR idea!

Terry Howard, Director of HIV Community Based Research at Positive Living BC

Helping to build CBR around the world!!

I’ve always wondered who views this website and if it is helpful for Community Organizations interested in community based research in HIV/AIDS.

A very nice comment from an appreciative viewer


Dear Sir/Madam,
Hello! Its my pleasure to contact you to offer the debt of my thanks and gratifications for offering the details of how to coduct a CBR. Im from pakistan and a HIV+ and have just joined as country project coordinator for GFATM Round-10 which is a community based project. I had no idea about how to debut the project but after going through your site Im cofident and have a fair idea about things. With this opening I thought to thank you for such a comprehensive guide. I would alwas appriciate your guidence to put in my best for the cause of PLHIVs.
Thanks and Regards
Asghar Sattu

Canadian Working Group on HIV/AIDS Rehabilitation Study

Living with HIV and Other Health Conditions: The HIV Health and Rehabilitation Survey (The Pre-Test)

The goal of this survey is to describe the health-related challenges experienced by adults living with HIV, identify other health conditions they may be living with, and the variety of diverse rehabilitation services and living strategies that they use to manage the challenges of living with HIV.

To take the survey click on the link below:

CWGHR Study on Rehab

CIHR Winter 2012 HIV Research Funding Opportunities

1. Current Funding Opportunities

The CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities.

Priority Announcements

Priority Announcements on CIHR Open competitions offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates. The following Priority Announcements are now available in the area of HIV/AIDS Research:

a. Fellowship: Winter 2012 Priority Announcement (HIV/AIDS)

Through this Priority Announcement, the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative will provide funding for Fellowship Award applications that have a primary research focus on HIV/AIDS and are determined to be relevant to one of the research priority areas.

The maximum amount per award is $60,000 for up to five years.

Application Deadline: 2012-02-01

For more information please click here.

b. Operating Grant: Winter 2012 Priority Announcement (HIV/AIDS)

Through this Priority Announcement, the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative will provide funding for Operating Grant applications that have a primary research focus on HIV/AIDS and are determined to be relevant to one of the research priority areas.

The maximum amount per operating grant is $150,000 for up to three years.

The maximum amount awarded for a single bridge grant is $100,000 per annum for up to one year.

Registration Deadline: 2012-02-01

Application Deadline: 2012-03-01

For more information please click here.

c. Dissemination Events: Winter 2012 Priority Announcement (HIV/AIDS)

Through this funding opportunity, the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative will support applications that are relevant to the priorities of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative and also the CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Program.

The maximum amount per grant is $25,000 per annum for up to one year.

Application Deadline: 2012-02-15

For more information please click here CIHR HIV Funding

Rural Research Travel Bursary

Sharing rural research, connecting rural research stakeholders

Travel bursaries will be awarded to Rural Health Services Research Network (RHSRNbc) members who have been invited to present their rural health services research orally or, in poster format at either a national or international conference.

There are four bursaries to be won—three national bursaries of up to $450 and one international bursary of $750. These bursaries are intended to subsidize the costs of travel and accommodation and other expenses related to conference participation.


This competition has a rolling deadline and bursaries will be awarded on a first come first serve basis to deserving applications given they meet appropriate standards of quality. Application forms are available online at TravelBursaryCompetitionApplicationSG

View the website for more details on membership and other offerings

UBC Task Force on CBR

The University of BC has convened a Task Force to gather input from academic and community researchers on how to improve the capacity of the University to engage in CBR. Issues including (but not limited to) promotion and tenure, meaningful involvement of the community, and greater acceptance of CBR as credible research will be discussed and recommendations made to John Hepburn, the V.P. Research whose office convened the Task Force.
Terry Howard is the Co-Chair of the Task Force along with Penny Gurstein from UBC.
Contact us through this website if you would like to contribute your recommendation to the Task Force!

New Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research

Canada’s research granting agencies — Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) — are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research.

On December 5, 2011, they officially launched the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. This new Framework is an umbrella document that describes Agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing Agency funds, performing research and disseminating results. It also outlines the process that institutions and Agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of Agency policy.

This new Framework replaces the previous integrity policy and related documents, including the Tri-Agency Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship (TCPS-I, 1994), the Framework for Tri-Council Review of Institutional Policies Dealing with Integrity in Research (1996) and the Tri-Agency Process for Addressing Allegations of Non-compliance with Tri-Agency Policies (2010).

CIHR Funding Opportunity- Priority Announcement

CIHR has announced a call for proposals for two

Collaborative Centres of HIV/AIDS Community Based Research

One Centre will be offered in the General stream and one in the Aboriginal stream, to view the funding opportunity details click on this link

The existing CBR Facilitator group across Canada plans to submit a proposal for this funding opportunity and would like to include you in the partner group for the new Collaborative Centre. Please contact Terry Howard using the “Contact Us” tab on this website to be included in the group, and/or find out further information.