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The mission of The Gerber Foundation, to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, has remained the guiding beacon for Foundation giving throughout its history.

The Foundation is accepting Concept papers until May 15, 2019.


Organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for Foundation grants. Public governmental institutions such as universities are included in this definition. Organizations must also be determined not to be private foundations under Internal Revenue Code 509. No grants are made to individuals. With few exceptions, only organizations with principal operations in the United States and its territories are eligible for funding. Within the United States, there is no geographic limitation to the Foundation’s grantmaking.

Submit a Concept Paper

The Concept paper provides a brief summary of the project, enabling the Foundation to assess how well the proposed research fits with the Foundation’s interests. Papers will be evaluated to determine the relevance of the proposed project to the Foundation’s programs and to provide advice when submitting a full proposal. The Concept paper does NOT include scientific references, biosketches, or CV’s. The Concept paper should be written in lay terms.

Concept papers include:

  • A cover letter written by a senior officer of the applying organization or from the department chair to which the principal investigator is assigned. The letter should include a brief introduction to the investigator(s), the goals of their research, and why they believe this project is a fit with The Gerber Foundation.
  • Project title
  • Length of study (Maximum 3 years)
  • Estimated requested amount (Non-itemized. Limit $350,000 on grants with no more than $125,000/year. Limit of $20,000 on Novice research grants)
  • Estimated total cost (This may be more than the requested amount if other funds will be used to complete all objectives.)
  • Number and type of subjects to be studied
  • Age range of subjects
  • Impact or expected outcomes: Describe how results will benefit clinical practice (how a practitioner will use the information) and provide a projection of the number of years before findings may be put into place in clinical practice. Describe how expected outcomes will improve the health and/or nutrition of infants and young children. (2500 characters or about 1/4 page)
  • Background information: Describe any background information available on the topic, prior studies, need for this study, etc. (2,500 characters or about 1/4 page)
  • Hypothesis(es) to be tested. (2,500 characters or about 1/4 page)
  • Study design: Identify the type of design – randomized, observational, proof of concept, etc.
  • Project protocol: Describe the basic design of the study, including information about study groups, measures and sample collection, time points of collection, and primary outcomes to be evaluated. This is the most important section and should be the primary focus of the Concept paper. (7,500 characters or about 1.5 pages)
  • There is a place to add additional information if an explanation is required for specific items in the Concept paper.
  • Click here for a sample view of a Concept Paper layout.

If you have any questions or for further details, please contact Stephany Alvarez-Ventura.

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