AKC Canine Health Foundation: 2022 Sports Medicine Request for Proposals


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation 


2022 Sports Medicine 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. This sports medicine-focused call for proposals supports the mission with an emphasis to advance high-quality basic, translational, biomedical, and clinical research to support the health, well-being, and performance of all dogs involved in physical activity and including canine athletes participating in performance and companion sports as well as working dogs 

AKC 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.

Basic research as it pertains to exercise, injury, pain, and rehabilitation can involve a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including immunology, molecular biology, genetics, “-omics” tools, structural biology, metabolism, infectious disease and pharmacology. Clinical research proposal topics may address but are not limited to diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive approaches for the following topics:

  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery
  • Regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and musculoskeletal fitness
  • Alternative modalities (e.g. laser therapy, ultrasound, TENS) and new technologies
  • Musculoskeletal diseases and conditions
    • Acute and chronic injuries
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Role of nutrition/nutritional intervention
    • Gene therapy
    • Aging
  • Exercise physiology
  • Behavior
  • Pain prevention, detection, and management including multimodal approaches
  • Epidemiological studies

Funding Availability

This request is limited to pilot studies or Acorn proposals (up to $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak proposals (greater than $15,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs). Please contact chfgrants@akcchf.org as soon as possible if you have questions related to your budget. Collaborative studies are encouraged.

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
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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