AKC Canine Health Foundation: 2022 Canine Health Topics


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation 


2022 Canine Health Topics Request for Proposals


The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. CHF supports a One Health model as a critical tool to achieving this vision, with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the health needs of all dogs and their people.

The Foundation is focused on funding innovative research in canine health with emphasis on genetics, mechanisms of disease, pathology and molecular basis of disease, prevalence and epidemiological approaches to health concerns, clinical application of research findings, and topics related to life stages, society, population health, preventive medicine, and/or emerging issues. Other areas could address the human-animal bond; including but not limited to veterinary social work, dog assisted interventions, or improving collaboration among private for-profit and non-profit veterinary service providers.

Proposals accepted through this RFP include all CHF research program areas except vector-borne diseases, which have recently been covered by AKC: 2022 Vector-Borne Disease request for proposals and therefore will not be accepted for scientific review as part of this RFP. Collaborative studies are encouraged.

Funding Availability

Acorn Application – studies up to $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.
Oak Application – for this RFP, studies greater than $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Usually up to 24 months.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

The deadline for online applications to be submitted by PI to AKC.

How to Apply

Application guidelines and proposal template can be found on the AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants and Submission Reporting Templates webpage to help ensure all required elements of each application are complete prior to online submission. All work completed under this funding must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy and eligibility requirements.

For Questions, please contact


Administrative and scientific inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Programs Staff at chfgrants@akcchf.org or Andrea Fiumefreddo, Vice President of Programs & Operations at arf@akcchf.org or Jennifer MacLeay, Chief Scientific Officer at jennifer.macleay@akcchf.org.

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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