Global Investment in HIV Cure Research & Development in 2021

A decade of progress


The 2021 report of Cure Resource Tracking Group, a collaboration between AVAC and the International AIDS Society, showed a remarkable 30 percent increase in funding for cure research. The report also provides an analysis of the cure research agenda and the scientific questions shaping investment decisions. 

  • Total funding went from $337 million in 2020 to $439 million in 2021. This increase represents a five-fold increase since tracking began in 2012.  
  • Approximately $362 million comes from public funders, approximately $40 million comes from philanthropy. Approximately $36 million is invested by industry.  
  • Only 6% percent of research sponsors report participant data derived from trials conducted in African countries, even though Africa is home to 68% of people living with HIV. There is a growing recognition that research needs to be done among affected communities and conducted in African countries. 
Adolescents and Young People
Cisgender Men
Cisgender Women
Gay and Bisexual Men Who Have Sex with Men
Nonbinary People
People Living with HIV
Transgender Men
Transgender Women
Tracking and Translating the Field