CHF 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 2015 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.

2015 Acorn RFP Program Areas

Immunology and Infectious Disease Request for Proposals

Reproduction Research Request for Proposals

Senior Dog Health Request for Proposals

Musculoskeletal Request for Proposals

* Please check back soon for 2016 Acorn RFPs.

Special Emphasis RFP Program Areas

Musculoskeletal Research Program Area
Special Emphasis: Patellar Luxation

Neurology Research Program Area
Special Emphasis: Degenerative Myelopathy

Oncology Research Program Area

*Please check back soon for 2016 Special Emphasis RFPs.

2015 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


Dermatology and Allergic Disease



Gastrointestinal Disease

General Canine Health

Hepatic Disease

Lung and Respiratory Disease


Renal Disease

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