AKC Canine Health Foundation
2018 Epilepsy Request for Proposals
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. CHF supports a One Health model as a critical tool to achieving this vision, with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the health needs of all dogs and their people.
Idiopathic epilepsy is an inherited or spontaneous disorder of unknown origin and the most common cause of recurrent seizures in all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Idiopathic epilepsy is also a disease where animal and human health concerns intersect. Despite advances in the use of existing antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the development of new AEDs, a substantial proportion of both dogs and people with idiopathic epilepsy are not well controlled using current therapies. Idiopathic epilepsy is a prime concern for CHF to seek improved diagnostics, novel therapies, and a better understanding of the genetics and pathophysiology of this disorder to ensure quality of life and excellent care for affected dogs and their owners.
Proposals may address any of the following topics:
• Pathophysiology of idiopathic epilepsy in dogs
• Genetics and epigenetics of epilepsy in dogs
• Novel therapeutics (AEDs and nondrug therapies) for refractory epilepsy in dogs
The deadline for online applications is Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Both Acorn ($15,000 maximum including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak (over $15,000 - $108,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) grant proposals that can be completed within the budget will be accepted for review.
All work completed under this funding must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy.
Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Andrea Fiumefreddo, CHF Director of Programs.
Please forward this announcement to other researchers seeking funding in this area of research.
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