New opportunity to develop innovative harm reduction lead by community – the ViiV Healthcare Positive Action HIV Challenge

Positive Action Challenges seek to find innovative solutions to a particular issue or challenge. The ViiV Healthcare Positive Action HIV Challenge has been announced, in partnership with IAS and INPUD. The call for proposals will open on 16 March 2020 at 00h01 GMT and close on 17 April at 23h59 BST.

You can apply for a seed award of £25,000 to pilot a brand-new idea or a grand award of £75,000 to scale up an existing project.

Challenge question: Can you design or scale up a community? If the answer is yes, check the following inclusion criteria.

Successful new ideas or existing projects will:

  • Be community or peer-led.
  • Meaningfully engage and involve the community of people who inject drugs in the design and delivery of their initiative.
  • Promote non-stigmatising, inclusive and comprehensive care for people who use drugs.
  • Describe how harm reduction services can be integrated into existing community or local public health HIV support services and/or how HIV services can be integrated into harm reduction services.
  • Be able to demonstrate how the initiative drives increased and sustained access to HIV services and support through addressing current barriers e.g. outlining how existing policy, regulatory and programmatic barriers have been addressed to enhance accessibility and quality.
  • Demonstrate how the project can be sustained beyond the award.

This is a global call and as such all innovative, relevant ideas and existing initiatives are welcome!

Application Process: All applications should be completed using the CyberGrants online platform, using the following link.

Should you wish to review the documentation prior to completing your application, information can be found here.

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