CAAN has been successful in our research funding application for the Aboriginal HIV & AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (AHA Centre). This is a five year grant of $1.5 million! This funding will support community-based research development across the country and emphasizes regional work with national coordination. The Aboriginal health and the HIV & AIDS communities will be directly engaged in every aspect of the Centre.
The AHA Centre’s work will focus on four broad areas related to HIV & AIDS Community-based research:
- – partnership building and maintenance;
- – capacity building;
- – research promotion and support; and
- – knowledge-to-action (KTA).
Research teams will be supported to undertake issue-based, rather than discipline-based, HIV & AIDS research that addresses the complex determinants of the epidemic by addressing pressing concerns and public policy issues relevant to Aboriginal people living with or affected by HIV & AIDS.
Community-based research (CBR) teams can apply for start-up funding and will be supported by Centre staff and team members. Projects must include Indigenous Knowledge frameworks and ways of knowing the world. Centre Investigators will be encouraged to foster meaningful partnerships, to develop and undertake reciprocal capacity building and knowledge sharing activities as well as initiatives to secure additional funding for research projects.