Gerber Foundation

Pediatric Research Awards, Gerber Foundation

Posted on April 9, 2019

Gerber Foundation Accepting Applications for Research Awards

The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for infants and young children, with a focus on children under the age of three.

Of particular interest to the foundation are projects offering substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of diseases and those with broad and general applicability.

Research focus areas identified by the foundation include:

Pediatric Health — Projects that promote health and/or the prevention or treatment of disease. Of particular interest to the foundation are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or those aimed at improving the cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition — Projects that ensure adequate nutrition for infants and young children, including applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes.

Environmental Hazards (nutrient competitors) — Projects that document the impact of, or ameliorate the effects of, environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children.

The foundation’s Research program supports new diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; new treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; preventative measures; the assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

Through the program, the foundation supports projects that will result in “new” information, treatments, or tools with the potential to effect a change in practice. The foundation rarely funds projects focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (Public universities are included in this definition.) With few exceptions, organizations must have their principal operations in the United States.

Novice researchers follow the same process as regular grants and are limited to no more than $20,000 in total.

Concept papers are due by May 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by August 15, 2019.

See the Gerber Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: May 15, 2019 (Concept Papers)

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