Active Dog Wellness Request for Proposals

AKC Canine Health Foundation

2023 Request for Proposals (RFP)

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. This focused call for proposals supports the mission with an emphasis to advance high-quality basic, translational, biomedical, and clinical research to support the health, well-being, and performance of all dogs involved in physical activity and including canine athletes participating in performance and companion sports as well as working dogs.

We encourage proposals that emphasize incorporating a One Health model as a critical tool to achieve CHF’s vision of a multidisciplinary approach to address the health needs of all dogs and their people. Basic research as it pertains to exercise, injury, pain, and rehabilitation can involve a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including immunology, molecular biology, genetics, “-omics” tools, structural biology, metabolism, infectious disease and pharmacology.  Clinical research proposals may address but are not limited to diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative approaches for the following topics:

  • Exercise
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery
  • Regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and musculoskeletal fitness
  • Rehabilitation including alternative modalities (e.g. laser therapy, ultrasound, TENS) and new technologies
  • Musculoskeletal diseases and conditions
  • Acute and chronic injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gene therapy
  • Aging
  • Pain prevention, detection, and management including multimodal approaches
  • Epidemiological studies

The Foundation is focused on funding innovative research with an emphasis on preventive and early intervention canine medicine and health through several of its Research Program Areas, specifically Musculoskeletal Conditions & Disease and General Canine Health.


The deadline for online applications is Friday April 14th, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Both Acorn (up to $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak (over $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs) grant proposals that can be completed within the budget will be accepted for review. On average, CHF studies are $50,000 and two years in length.

Please contact as soon as possible if you have you have administrative, scientific, or budgetary questions.

Application guidelines and an updated proposal template can be found here to help ensure all required elements of each application are complete prior to online submission. All work completed under this funding must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy and eligibility requirements.

Investigators are encouraged to contact us regarding suitability of proposals. Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Programs Staff at or the following contacts listed below.

Jennifer MacLeay, MBA, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Chief Scientific Officer

Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS
VP of Programs & Operations

Please forward this announcement to other researchers seeking funding in this area of research.

***Please note a new application template has been released.  All templates can be referenced here. Use the application links below to submit your proposal online.***

Acorn Application – studies up to $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.
Oak Application for this RFP, studies greater than $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs.
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