It is only through research that a long term, sustainable solution to the AIDS pandemic, now gripping the world, will be found. That is why CANFAR exists. Our role in funding research is particularly vital, given that Canada is one of a handful of countries with the brain-trust, infrastructure and resources to make a significant difference in the global fight against AIDS.
CANFAR awards research grants into all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS, including clinical, biological and social sciences related to:
- fundamental and applied research
- education and prevention
- community research, and care
Research grants are awarded at two levels: level one up to $80,000 each year for a two year period; and level two up to $25,000 for one year. So far, CANFAR has awarded grants totaling over $13 million to Canadian research projects. In 2005-2006 CANFAR awarded $1.17 million to 22 research projects nationwide.”
THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH
CANFAR was incorporated in 1987 primarily to meet an urgent need for research into all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS. CANFAR continues to be the only organization in Canada for the sole purpose of privately funding research on AIDS and HIV infection.
The House of Commons health committee recently noted that current federal funding for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Strategy is grossly inadequate. Canadian AIDS researchers in the clinical, biological and social sciences desperately need more funding in order to answer some of the most important questions related to AIDS in Canada and around the world.
Established in 1987, the role of CANFAR is to fund institution-based HIV/AIDS researchers within Canada. CANFAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is made up of experts from five areas of HIV/AIDS-related research. Members are responsible for advising the Board on granting policy, establishing priorities for research funding, and evaluating applications for funding.
CANFAR’s activities do not duplicate those of existing research programs, organizations or agencies. CANFAR augments and complements existing research programs, providing additional funding to sustain or complete ongoing efforts. CANFAR also funds research in areas that have not received necessary funding or require seed funding. In 2001, CANFAR made an inaugural gift to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research HIV/AIDS Laboratory at the University of Toronto.
Grants are awarded at two levels and each grant application is evaluated through a Peer Review Process and then further reviewed by CANFAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC evaluates:
- the scientific merit of the proposal;
- the relevance of the research to the control of the epidemic or benefit to patients with AIDS;
- the uniqueness of the project within the Canadian and global context;
- the qualifications, experience and productivity of the investigator(s); and
- the facilities available to undertake the proposed research.
CANFAR’s SAC and over 60 peer specialists across Canada are committed to seeing that the best HIV/AIDS work is funded. Through this rigorous, scientific approach, CANFAR ensures that top-notch Canadian researchers and projects are supported by Canadian dollars.