The International Aids Vaccine Initiative is a global nonprofit organization working to speed the search for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Founded in 1996, IAVI and its network of partners research and develop vaccine candidates. IAVI also advocates for a vaccine to be a global priority and works to assure that a future vaccine will be accessible to all who need it. This scientific program researches and develops vaccine candidates by directing and financing partnerships with more than 30 private companies and academic and government agencies worldwide. In partnership with other organizations, IAVI advocates for public policies to help accelerate vaccine research and development, as well as to speed the approval, manufacture and use of a future vaccine. The International Aids Vaccine Initiative maintains its headquarters in New York City.