2023 Neurology & Epilepsy

Request for Proposals


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) invites proposals addressing neurological disorders and epilepsy, conditions that affect dogs of all ages and breeds, including mixed breeds. CHF is dedicated to preventing, treating, and finding cures for neurological conditions and epilepsy to benefit all dogs.

This request seeks to harness the best research addressing important canine neurological diseases to promote scientific progress that will impact dogs today and for generations. Canine neurological conditions result from many causes, including development, genetic variation, injury, inflammation, and infection. Studies may encompass disease prevention, promotion of health, novel diagnostics and therapeutics, improved care, and the pathologic and molecular basis of disease. Clinical, experimental, and translational topics are eligible, and studies with patient-focused outcomes are encouraged.

Epilepsy remains a significant canine health challenge, with opportunities to identify new strategies to prevent epilepsy, develop improved epilepsy treatments, understand the disease and comorbid conditions, and improve quality of life.

The Foundation strongly values an emphasis on overall health, delayed disease progression, quality of life, and longevity. CHF recognizes the integral connections between dogs, humans, and the environment, and supports multidisciplinary and One Health approaches to accelerate progress through collaboration.

Research Focus Areas

Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals in the following research program areas: Epilepsy and Neurology.

Award Budget

Applications are solicited for Acorn proposals, which are limited to $20,000 total costs including 8% maximum indirect costs, and Oak proposals, which exceed $20,000 and have 8% maximum indirect costs.

Project Period

Since the nature and scope of proposed projects vary, the duration of awards also varies.

Application Deadline: The deadline for online applications is Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

Instructions can be found here and must be followed. Conformance to application requirements is enforced, and submissions that do not comply may be declined or delayed. Projects must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals Policy and eligibility requirements. While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to fully address the suggested criteria provided in blue font in the application template.


Administrative and scientific inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Programs Staff at chfgrants@akcchf.org or the appropriate contacts listed below.

Scientific Contact

Stephanie Montgomery, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Chief Executive Officer

Email: stephanie.montgomery@akcchf.org

Programs Contact

Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS

Chief Operating Officer

Email: arf@akcchf.org

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