Input from consultation on the Invitation to Submit Applications to Establish and Operate an Alliance Coordinating Office - Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative

Based on the consultation the following changes have been made in four areas of the Invitation to Submit Applications (ISA).

1. Strengthen the description of the benefits to members participating in the CHVI Research and Development Alliance

Section 1.3 of the ISA has been strengthened by identifying the vision and mission of the Alliance and to better reflect the benefits for Alliance members. There already exists a strong foundation for this type of undertaking in Canada, therefore participating in the Alliance will provide members with opportunities to:

  • advance Canada's contribution in the global effort;
  • build on Canada's track record in science and innovations;
  • build on good existing partnerships;
  • build on Canada's reputation as an international broker and its reputation to collaborate;
  • build on networking and research projects currently funded under the CHVI;
  • leverage funding and partnerships with the interested stakeholders (i.e. provinces).

2. Better describe the interaction and roles of various players involved in implementing the Research and Development Alliance

Efforts have been made, in section 1.4 to better describe the governance of the renewed CHVI including the role of the following:

  • Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • the Advisory Board;
  • Research and Development Alliance members;
  • Alliance Coordinating Office;
  • CHVI Secretariat.

3. The ACO as a "Neutral Broker" and the need to ensure that the leadership is comprised of the appropriate expertise to ensure the ACO is successful in meeting its objectives

While the merits of the ACO as a neutral broker was debated at the face-to-face meeting, overall the consultation feedback confirmed that it would be appropriate for the ACO to act as a neutral broker.

Also, in an effort to ensure the ACO's appropriate expertise the leadership will need to have a demonstrated expertise in both management and science.

4. Narrow the focus of the areas of responsibility for the ACO

In section 2.2, efforts have been made to streamline the scope of the areas of responsibilities of the ACO. The areas now cover two key areas of responsibility:

  • Establish, lead and promote the Alliance; and
  • Provide administrative support to the CHVI Advisory Board.

Applications should identify activities to be undertaken in each of these key areas.

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