ViiV Healthcare: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: ViiV Healthcare, based in the United Kingdom, addresses HIV/AIDS around the world. The company, with offices in 16 countries, supports community groups working on HIV/AIDS initiatives in areas where it does business. Regardless of geography, ViiV also funds projects that halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child during pregnancy.

IP TAKE: ViiV prioritizes organizations that work with some of the most marginalized HIV/AIDS populations in the world. Grantseekers whose work does not align with ViiV’s agenda are unlikely to secure a grant.

PROFILE: ViiV Healthcare is an independent, global specialist HIV company established in 2009 through a unique partnership between pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. ViiV seeks to deliver innovative new options for the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. Shionogi joined the group in 2012. Based in the United Kingdom, ViiV supports a variety of HIV/AIDs issues by supporting access to its medicines, community partnerships, and supporting innovative HIV/AIDS research. Although ViiV remains for profit, it's philanthropic activities are impressive and wide reaching and supported through various initiatives and funds.

PROFILE: ViiV Healthcare is an independent, global specialist HIV company established in 2009 through a unique partnership between pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. ViiV seeks to deliver innovative new options for the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. Shionogi joined the group in 2012. Based in the United Kingdom, ViiV supports a variety of HIV/AIDs issues by supporting access to its medicines, community partnerships, and supporting innovative HIV/AIDS research. Although ViiV remains for profit, it's philanthropic activities are impressive and wide reaching and supported through various initiatives and funds. 

The Positive Action for Children Fund is a partnership between the MTV/Staying Alive Foundation, the International AIDS Society and Keep A Child Alive. The fund is a competition intended to "showcase and celebrate the successes community partners are making worldwide that are integral to alleviating the effects of HIV." Organizations must submit a 3 to 4 minute short film that "documents how the work they undertake is contributing to the end of mother to child transmission of HIV in their community, focused on programmes that work on/across any of the 4 prongs in the Global Plan to End." Grantseekers are awarded an unrestricted grant of $10,000 and are invited to attend the International AIDS Conference, which can offer organizations an international platform. Grantseekers can apply here.

The Paediatric Innovation Seed Fund supports "partnerships that focus on expanding the evidence base for pediatric care and treatment and the development of pediatric fixed-dose combination (FDC) medicines. 

ViiV's Positive Action for Girls & Women has committed £2 million a year until 2020 to addressing the "harmful cultural norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women, and increase their vulnerability to HIV." The program seeks to reduce the commoditization of girls, and support existing projects and organizations that advocate for girls and women. Grantees receive £50,000 over two years. Grantseekers may apply here, and applications are accepted in a rolling basis. Similarly, the Positive Action for MSM & Transgender seeks community-based organizations that exist in "resource-limited settings and environments hostile to MSM and transgender people." ViiV accepts proposals for interventions at the individual, interpersonal/network, community, healthcare facility/ institutional or structural level. Grantees also receive £50,000 divided over two years; however, if a project represents a collaboration between multiple organizations, grantseekers may qualify for £70,000 over two years. Grantseekers can apply here

ViiV's efforts boast of several initiatives and funds which grantseekers are advised to read (website) thoroughly to better ascertain whether their project would be a strong fit. 

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