Research Program Areas

AKC Canine Health Foundation requests for proposals (RFPs) are categorized by Research Program Area and all grant applications must be submitted in response to specific RFPs. All grant proposals must strictly adhere to the Foundation's Humane Use of Animals policy.

2017 RFPs and Research Program Areas:

2018 Small Animal Theriogenology Residencies - Due 6/14/17 at 11:59PM Eastern

Canine Health Research - Due 8/17/17 at 11:59PM Eastern

Ophthalmology - Closed

General Canine Health - Closed

Tick-Borne Disease - Closed

*To be added to our notification list for research funding opportunities, please email

All Research Program Areas:

The special topics of interest and diseases listed within each research program area may 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

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Lung and Respiratory Disease





Renal Disease

Reproductive Health

Senior Dog Health

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