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.

Active Requests for Proposals

 Topic  Open Date  Application Deadline
 Early Career Investigator  Open - APPLY NOW!   December 31, 2023 at 11:59PM ET

 Upcoming Requests for Proposals

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AKC Canine Health Foundation requests for proposals (RFP) remain open for 2-3 months after they are released. Upcoming 2023 RFP topics with estimated release and close dates are listed below.

 Topic Open Date Application Deadline
 Epilepsy/Neurology   Late Summer  Late October 2023

 Closed 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

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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.

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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