We’re Looking for Harm Reduction Experts!

Dear Partners:

In May, 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) launched an : open and competitive process for funding under the Harm Reduction Fund. To support the review of the submissions, PHAC is assembling an external review committee who will be tasked with selecting the Letters of Intent to be recommended for funding.

We are seeking people with expertise in harm reduction including past or current clients, front-line service providers, or as researchers with expertise in harm reduction as participants on the Harm Reduction Fund Review Committee, to review and recommend projects under this first stage of the funding solicitation process.

We ask that you circulate this request among your networks to help identify qualified people who may be interested in volunteering.


We are looking for volunteers from the aforementioned categories who would review up to 50 brief Letters of Intent. Your review would provide feedback on the extent to which projects:

  • might prevent HIV and/or hepatitis C through the sharing of inhalation and injection drugs use equipment;
  • meet the needs of people living with, or at risk for, HIV and/or hepatitis C as a result of sharing drug use equipment;
  • might reduce harms associated with shared drug inhalation or injection equipment; and, will decrease barriers to services and reduce stigma experienced by people who use drugs.


There will be a two-week period in early to mid-August where you will be asked to review the materials and provide your comments. We ask that you complete a one page assessment for each project. Printed materials will be sent directly to you by courier.

Following your review, you will be invited to attend a two-day face-to-face meeting of the Review Committee in Ottawa, Ontario, in mid to late August. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Letters of Intent and determine which projects will be invited to the second, full proposal stage. Expenses associated with your participation in the meeting will be provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Agency will provide an opportunity for reviewers to attend a teleconference call to receive more information about the review, and pose any questions you might have. Reviewers will be asked to declare any potential conflict of interest in advance of the review process.


If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the attached application form and return it by July 18, 2018 to: [email protected] to indicate your interest. The Public Health Agency of Canada will select a minimum of four individuals with experience accessing harm reduction services, four individuals with experience providing front-line harm reduction services, and two individuals with experience in harm reduction research. The review committee will also include select individuals from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Applicants will be reviewed and selected on the basis of described experience and representation from various priority populations. Gender, geographic, and language considerations will also be considered to ensure the Review Committee is as diverse and representative as possible.

If you are interested in volunteering, but are not available for this particular process, we would still like to hear from you as we will be completing annual assessments of Letters of Intent under this Fund. Please complete and return the attached application form indicating that you would like to be considered for future opportunities.


Thank you for your interest.

The Community Programs Section


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