HIV Prevention Innovation Fund

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Application Deadline: 04 September 2018


Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations for projects of up to a year that support new and innovative ways to prevent HIV transmission and acquisition in England.


Fund Value: £ 600,000
Maximum Value: £ 100,000
Minimum Value: £ 25,000

Value Notes

The funding budget for 2018/19 is £600,000.

Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 are available.

Extended Description

The National HIV Prevention Innovation Fund 2018/19 is funded by the allocation from the Department of Health to Public Health England (PHE) for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) prevention and sexual health promotion.

HIV remains a major public health issue in England but innovative, community led interventions have had a significant role to play in limiting the HIV epidemic. Following the success of the projects funded in the first three years of the Innovation Fund, PHE are again inviting proposals from voluntary sector organisations, with support from their local authority, to develop effective ways to address HIV prevention in communities at increased risk of HIV.

The grant funding is intended for projects that offer new and innovative ways of delivering HIV prevention, and that explore new ways to address high risk behaviours in the most affected communities. All projects must have measurable outcomes and the potential to be replicated and scaled by others.

Latest Information

The deadline for the 2018-19 round of applications is 4 September 2018 (midnight).

Key Criteria

Charitable and voluntary sector organisations based and working in England can apply (however, lead organisations may sub-contract or collaborate with other types of organisations).

Applications will need to demonstrate the involvement of the appropriate local authority(s), through either their endorsement or partnership working.

It is expected that successfully funded projects will help strengthen partnership working, either with local sexual health and HIV services, other voluntary sector collaborators or both. Projects should ensure they are designed to complement the current national HIV Prevention England (HPE) Programme and any locally delivered programmes.

Eligible Expenditure

The Fund will support projects that offer new and innovative ways of delivering HIV prevention and that explore new ways to address high risk behaviours in those communities most affected by HIV.

In the 2018-19 round, PHE welcomes all innovative proposals and particularly those that:

  • Promote third-sector led support for combination prevention and harm reduction throughout the continuum of care.
  • Promote the prompt diagnosis, especially through frequent testing, of both HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Address stigma associated with HIV.
  • Address the wider determinants of high risk sexual behaviour such as mental health and drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Support the integration of HIV prevention into health promotion and service delivery in other health areas (eg integration into sexual and reproductive health services, primary care pregnancy planning and antenatal care).
  • Support increased knowledge, awareness and understanding of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV as a prevention stratagem, especially in currently under-served populations (eg higher-risk heterosexuals, women, black and other ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men and transsexual communities).

Projects should be up to 12 months in duration and must have measurable outcomes and the potential to be replicated and scaled by others.

Match Funding Restrictions

Co-funding is welcomed and encouraged. It can come from local organisations and local authorities.

Application Procedure

Guidance documents and an electronic application form can be found on Public Health England webstie.

Applicants should first register their interest by emailing [email protected]

There is a two stage application process. Applicants who are successful at stage one will be shortlisted and invited to an interview.

Shortlisted applications will be announced in September, with subsequent interviews taking place and the final announcements being made in October 2018.

Contact PHE for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:

Public Health England

Wellington House
133-155 Waterloo Road
London SE1 8UG

Email: [email protected]