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OHTN Breaking New Ground Grant

Opportunity NameBreaking New Ground Grant
AgencyOntario HIV Treatment Network
Value$50,000 – $150,000/year
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 2 years
Letter of Intent (LOI) due to FSc RO at for full review07-04-2022
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review07-11-2022
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review07-14-2022, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 07-18-2022, by 12:00PM
Application due to FSc RO at for full review09-30-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-07-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review10-13-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 10-17-2022, by 12:00PM

This funding stream supports the piloting, evaluation, or scale up of HIV interventions. Specifically, innovative, high-reward projects that will break new ground and build evidence and programs to dramatically improve the prevention, treatment, and care cascade in Ontario.

OHTN has identified seven priorities or key learning areas: 

  1. Effective PrEP scale-up in Ontario 
  2. Population-focused prevention and health promotion 
  3. HIV testing 
  4. Linkage, adherence, and retention in care 
  5. Clinical care standards and capacity 
  6. Integration of services 
  7. Mental health and well-being of people living with and at risk of HIV (including stigma reduction) 


Teams must have a documented history of working with people living with HIV, clinicians, community-based organizations, policy makers, and researchers in a collaborative and culturally respectful manner.

The Nominated Principal Applicant must:

  • Hold a primary appointment at an appropriate host organization in Ontario. Eligible institutions include university faculties and departments, research institutes and hospitals, and HIV agencies.
  • Have primary employment and residence in Ontario.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

Information Session

An information session will be held on June 28, 2022 at 12:00PM EST. Please RSVP to by June 24, 2022 at 5:00PM. 

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)