AKC Canine Health Foundation: 2023 Request for Proposals


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation 


Active Dog Wellness Request for Proposals

For More Information

For complete program details, please visit the Active Dog Wellness Request for Proposals webpage.


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 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, including canine athletes participating in performance and companion sports as well as working dogs.

We 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 proposals may address but are not limited to diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative approaches for the following topics:

  • Exercise
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery
  • Regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and musculoskeletal fitness
  • Rehabilitation including alternative modalities (e.g. laser therapy, ultrasound, TENS) and new technologies
  • Musculoskeletal diseases and conditions
  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gene therapy
  • Aging
  • Pain prevention, detection, and management including multimodal approaches
  • Epidemiological studies

The Foundation is focused on funding innovative research with an emphasis on preventive and early intervention canine medicine and health through several of its Research Program Areas, specifically Musculoskeletal Conditions & Disease and General Canine Health.

Funding Availability

Acorn Application – studies up to $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.
Oak Application – studies greater than $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.

Please note: on average, CHF studies are $50,000 and two years in length.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 24 months


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

Application due to Sponsor.

How to Apply

Please contact chfgrants@akcchf.org as soon as possible if you have administrative, scientific, or budgetary questions.

Application guidelines and an updated proposal template can be found on the program web-page 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

AKC Canine Health Foundation
Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to chfgrants@akcchf.org.

Office of Research

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

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