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Research Program Areas

AKC Canine Health Foundation Requests for proposals (RFPs) are categorized by Research Program Area and grant applications must be submitted in response to specific RFPs.

For more information about Research Program Areas and other changes to the application process for 2014 please read an open letter to applicants and view a presentation on how to be successful in writing a grant to the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

2014 Active Acorn Research Program Area Requests for Proposals

Dermatology and Allergic Skin Disease Request for Proposals
Due Date: April 9, 2014

Reproduction Research Request for Proposals
Due Date: May 6, 2014

Combined Musculoskeletal and Neurology Request for Proposals
Due Date: June 3, 2014

Ophthalmology Research Request for Proposals
Due Date: July 1, 2014

General Canine Health & Obesity Research Request for Proposals
Due Date: August 5, 2014

2014 Active Special Emphasis Requests for Proposals

Development of an Accurate Diagnostic Assay for Canine Hypothyroidism
Due Date: May 13, 2014

Epilepsy Research Initiative
Due Date: May 13, 2014

2014 Manuscript Request:

Risk Assessment and Management Strategies to Prevent Transmission of Infectious Disease in Dogs
Letter of Intent Due Date: April 22, 2014
Project Completion by January 1, 2015

2014 Inactive Program Areas:

CHF expects these areas of emphasis to cycle back into active calls for proposals as currently funded grants close. The special topics of interest and diseases listed within each research program area vary each year depending on the results of our annual health poll.


Bloat Initiative

Blood Disorders

Canine Athlete Initiative



Gastrointestinal Disease

Hepatic Disease

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Renal Disease

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