Research Program Areas

AKC Canine Health Foundation requests for proposals (RFPs) are categorized by Research Program Area and all grant applications must be submitted in response to specific RFPs. All grant proposals must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals policy

Application guidelines can be found here. Carefully review all requirements and instructions, as applications that do not comply may be declined or delayed. Ensure required application elements are complete prior to online submission. All work must strictly adhere to the Foundation's eligibility requirements. The AKC Canine Health Foundation requires the use of these templates in submission of grant proposals and grant reporting by awardees.

Active Requests for Proposals


 Topic  Open Date  Application Deadline
Cardiology APPLY NOW! Friday, March 8, 2024
Canine Cancer APPLY NOW! Thursday, April 4, 2024
Theriogenology Residency Program APPLY NOW! Thursday, May 16, 2024

2024 Requests for Proposals

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 Topic Open Date Application Deadline
 Early Career Investigator  Early 2024  Tuesday, Decemeber 31, 2024 at 11:59PM ET
 Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program  February 23, 2024  Thursday, May 16, 2024
 Vector-borne Diseases  March 12, 2024  Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 11:59PM ET
 Open Call: General Canine Health Topics  May 14, 2024  Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 11:59PM ET
 Rising Researcher  May 14, 2024  Tuesday, Decemeber 31, 2024 at 11:59PM ET
 Active Dog Wellness  June 3, 2024  Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 11:59PM ET
 Clinician-Scientist Fellowships  July 1, 2024  Friday, September 6, 2024 at 11:59PM ET

 Closed 2023 Requests for Proposals

 Topic  Open Date  Application Deadline
 Influence of Microbiome on Canine Health & Disease  CLOSED  January 19, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Preventive & Early Intervention Medicine CLOSED  March 23, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Active Dog Wellness CLOSED  April 15, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Theriogenology Residency Program CLOSED  May 18, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Aging Canine Medicine CLOSED  June 15, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Infectious Diseases/One Health CLOSED  July 20, 2023 at 11:59PM ET
 Internal Medicine CLOSED  September 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
 Neurology & Epilepsy CLOSED  December 8, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
Early Career Investigator CLOSED  December 31, 2023

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All Research Program Areas


Blood Disorders


Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program

Dermatology and Allergic Disease



Gastrointestinal Disease

General Canine Health

Hepatic Disease

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Kidney and Urological Disease

Lung and Respiratory Disease

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease


Oncology - General

Oncology - Hemangiosarcoma

Oncology - Lymphoma

Oncology - Osteosarcoma


Reproductive Conditions

Theriogenology Residency Program

Tick-Borne Disease

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