AKC Canine Health Foundation: 2022 Lung & Respiratory Disease Request for Proposals


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation 


2022 Lung and Respiratory Disease Request for Proposals


AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) mission 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 basic science discovery and clinical research. This call is for proposals in the Lung & Respiratory Disease Research Program Area. This program area supports research that will enhance our understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of diseases that compromise respiratory function in dogs.

CHF encourage proposals that emphasize incorporating a One Health model as a critical tool to achieve CHF’s vision of a multidisciplinary approach to address the health needs of all dogs and their people.

Research into molecular mechanisms that contribute to acute and chronic respiratory morbidity, the pathophysiology of disease, the genetic/epigenetic basis of disease and identification of potential therapeutic drugs that will treat or diminish the symptoms associated with disease are of interest. Proposals may also address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Acute or chronic infectious disease
  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Chylothorax
  • Clinical evaluation of the upper and/or lower respiratory tract
  • Everted laryngeal saccules or other disorders of the larynx
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung lobe torsion
  • Lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis
  • Non-infectious diseases of the upper or lower respiratory tract
  • Pneumonia, pleural pneumonia
  • Tracheal collapse
  • Respiratory disease epidemiology and control
  • Inhalant disease in urban settings

Funding Availability

This request is limited to pilot studies or Acorn proposals (up to $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak proposals (up to $50,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs). Please contact Program Staff at chfgrants@akcchf.org as soon as possible if you need to discuss a proposed budget outside this upper limit. Collaborative studies higher than budget limit may be considered but must be discussed with CHF before applying.

Indirect Costs


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

AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Research Proposal and Application Checklist

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.

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Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
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