CAHR – HCP Travel Awards Competition


HCP Travel Awards Competition


With a membership of more than 2,000 researchers and others interested in HIV research, the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) is the leading organization of HIV/AIDS researchers in Canada. As an integral element of its mandate, CAHR works to “promote education and the development of researchers” and “engage diverse stakeholders in ongoing dialogue and knowledge exchange”.  As part of this effort, and with the generous support of ViiV Healthcare, CAHR will be offering travel awards for Canadian health care professionals (HCPs) – working in the realm of HIV – to attend international continuing health education events.



Via this funding competition, CAHR’s will fund travel award applications for eligible HCP’s to attend each of the following international continuing health education events:



        # of Awards

Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)         6
HIV & Hep C Clinical Pharmacology Workshop         6
European meeting on HIV & Hepatitis – Treatment strategies & Antiviral drug resistance         5
International AIDS conference         6
HIV Drug Therapy, Glasgow, UK         6
ASM Micro (formally ICAAC)         2
8e Conférence Internationale Francophone VIH/Hépatites AFRAVIH 2016 (AFRAVIH)         3



The following expenditures are eligible for funding:

  1. transportation
  2. lodging
  3. registration fees


In all cases, no funding will be provided directly to the awardee or their institution. CAHR will arrange awardee travel, lodging and registration to the international continuing health education event.



Each supported event will have its own individual competition launch, application deadline and notice of decision. For the Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Conference, the dates of note are:


CROI Application Deadline           January 17, 2016

CROI Notice of Decision                 February 3, 2016



  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Applicants must be an active Canadian health care professional (HCP) working in the realm of HIV (for the purpose of this funding opportunity, HCP is defined as a person who by education, training, certification, or licensure is qualified to and is engaged in providing health care. This can include any of the following: an individual who is currently practicing medicine, nursing, or dispensing medicines in Canada or any other person who, in the course of his or her professional activities, may recommend, purchase, supply or use, or influence the purchase, supply or use, of medicines for prescription or be involved in related treatment or disease management in Canada.)
  • Applicants to the 8e Conférence Internationale Francophone VIH/Hépatites AFRAVIH 2016 (AFRAVIH) must be proficient in speaking French
  • NOTE: For CROI 2016, applicant must demonstrate that CROI has accepted their registration and registration fee will not be reimbursed.
  • CAHR board members, government officials and HCPs with active U.S. medical licenses are not eligible



A complete application must include:

  • A maximum two-page letter, using no more than 1000 words, that:
    • Summarizes the applicant’s relevant experience/training
    • Demonstrates that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements
    • Describes how the applicant meets the evaluation criteria
    • Outlines how the applicant will fulfill the communications requirements
  • The applicant’s CV
  • Proof of Canadian citizen or a permanent residency of Canada
  • Proof of HCP status in Canada
  • Declaration that applicant is neither a US medical license holder or Government official


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