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2024 Early Career Investigator Request for Proposals


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support outstanding early career investigators focused on patient-oriented canine research. The purpose of this award is to support translational and clinical research advancing the care and health of canine patients while investing in clinical researchers who have the potential to advance the future of veterinary medicine.

Research Focus Area

Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals in any of the 23 Research Program Areas. The research may focus on any one or a combination of the following: 1) mechanisms or progression of canine disease; 2) new diagnostics or technologies to advance the care of dogs and improve patient outcomes; 3) therapeutic interventions; 4) clinical trials.

Project Period

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

Project Budget

Both Acorn ($20,000 maximum including 8% maximum indirect costs) and Oak ($20,000+ including 8% maximum indirect costs) grant proposals that can be completed within the budget will be accepted for review.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

  • Principal investigators must have a DVM (or VMD) and/or a PhD and a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in canine health research.
  • Applicants should be within 6 years after the date of completion of training at the time of submission. Training includes DVM, PhD, or post-graduate studies including residency programs.
  • Research proposals must be in line with the AKC Canine Health Foundation's mission to advance the health of all dogs by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease.
  • A letter of institutional appointment should be provided from the institution’s dean or research administration official assuring the principal investigator’s protected research time for development as an independent researcher. The letter must also address mentorship, career development opportunities, and other support available to promote the success of the applicant as a thriving investigator.
  • A letter of support from a mentor must address mentorship, career development opportunities, and other support available to promote the success of the applicant’s project. This letter must also include a statement that the mentor has reviewed the application prior to submission.
  • Instructions can be found on the Grant Submission and Report Template webpage 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.

Application Deadline

A rolling deadline for 2024 online applications is open until Tuesday, December 31st, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


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

Scientific Contact

Programs Contact

Stephanie Montgomery, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Fiumefreddo, MS
Chief Operating Officer

ACORN: For studies up to $20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs

OAK: For studies >$20,000 including 8% maximum indirect costs

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