AKC Canine Health Foundation: Immune System, Pathogens, and Vector-borne Diseases of Dogs


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation

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 2024 Request for Proposals on the Immune System, Pathogens, and Vector-borne Diseases of Dogs  


This request seeks to identify high-impact scientific research that fosters critical discoveries in dogs and impacts dogs today and for generations. This award aims to identify studies that lead to significant advancements in canine health.  

Projects supported through this request include those seeking to understand the following in dogs:  

  • Immunology and autoimmune diseases
  • Infectious diseases, including emerging pathogens or vector-borne diseases
  • Antimicrobial treatment, infection or altered immune responses on the microbial community
  • Prevention, transmission or resistance of vector-borne diseases
  • Chronic illness and its associations with infectious etiologies
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases
  • Vaccines, biological therapies or other therapeutic protocols 
  • Diagnosis of infectious agents, including novel approaches for rapid and accurate detection
  • Infection control
  • One Health topics and epidemiologic studies of infectious disease
  • Impact of human practices on disease, such as vaccine hesitancy or dog importation

Projects that address challenging areas of inquiry, develop novel tools or treatments, foster cross-discipline innovation and focus on patient-focused outcomes are highly encouraged. Proposals are specifically sought that characterize the current landscape of canine parvovirus and predict infection outcomes. Clinical, experimental and translational topics are eligible, and close collaboration between laboratory researchers and clinician scientists is encouraged.  

The Foundation promotes the health of all dogs and strongly values maintaining health, delaying disease progression, improving quality of life and extending longevity. CHF recognizes the integral connections between dogs, humans and the environment and supports multidisciplinary and One Health approaches to accelerate progress through collaborative research. 

Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals in the following research program area(s): Tick-borne Disease and Immunology and Infectious Disease.

Maximum Project Value

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

Indirect Costs



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.

For Questions, please contact

AKC Canine Health Foundation

Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Programs Staff at chfgrants@akcchf.org.

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Ariah Easley, Awards & Agreements Officer
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