Seeking support for your Research Project

ACT is well known for its community-based research program. Researchers and program staff from ACT have a history of involvement in research. If appropriate, ACT will become involved with or support research projects that are proposed to us by external researchers. We are interested in supporting or collaborating on projects that are aligned with our mission and values, strategic plan, research directions and guiding principles. We consider each request based on our capacity and resources.

Step One – Self-Assessment

If you are interested in collaborating or are seeking our support for your research (for recruitment, consultation, partnerships, staff involvement in a research advisory committee, investigator, etc.), please consider the following questions:
  1. Is your research consistent with ACT’s research directions and guiding principles?
  2. Will your proposed research address the needs of our stakeholders (i.e., communities we serve, clients, policy makers and agency partners), and will it benefit them in practical ways?
  3. Will your proposed research involve community members in the research process in meaningful ways?
  4. Will your proposed research build capacity among staff, community members and community-based organizations to address issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and/or support?
  5. Does your proposed research project meet accepted ethical standards at ACT?
  6. If applicable, do you understand the challenges/vulnerabilities that may emerge for potential participants through the course of the research process?
  7. Will you ensure that research findings reach ACT staff and research participants in language that is clear and accessible?
  8. Will your proposed research incorporate GIPA (the greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS)?
  9. If your proposed research includes the participation of People living with HIV (PHAs), will you ensure that they receive adequate post-participation care and support?

Step 2 - Making Contact

If you have reviewed the above questions and are able to answer the majority affirmatively, contact the Director of Research to discuss your research and explore possibilities for collaboration or support.

To help with these discussions, please send any supporting documentation such as a proposal (or draft), a summary of the proposal, or any available information on the following:
  • Funding
  • Responsibility for the project
  • Incorporation of GIPA (the greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS)
  • Purpose of the research
  • Ethical issues and REB approvals (if applicable)
  • Methodologies
  • Recruitment strategies
  • Impact on participants
  • Dissemination strategies
  • Data storage, management, and custodianship

Please provide a clear outline of the role you would like ACT or ACT staff to play in your research.