Frequently Asked Questions
1.Can our organization submit more than one concept paper at a time?
Yes. Organizations may submit as many concept papers at a time as they wish. Selection of concept papers are based upon the overall quality of the research and a determination of best fit with the Foundation’s goals.
2.What are your deadlines?
Concept papers are due on June 1 or December 1 of each year. If a full proposal is requested, deadlines are August 15 and February 15, respectively. If these dates fall on a weekend, the deadline is the following business day.
3.Who reviews concept papers?
Concept papers are reviewed by a subcommittee of the board. This subcommittee includes lay as well as medical professionals.
4.How soon after submitting a concept paper will I hear if I have been selected to submit a full proposal?
Concept papers are reviewed within three weeks of the deadline. You should expect to receive word on the outcome of the review by June or December 20th.
5.If I am selected to submit a full proposal, when will the full proposal be due?
Full proposals are due by February 15th and August 15th of each year.
6.Are there any size and duration limitations to grants?
Awards and time periods vary depending upon the specific project. Research projects may be no longer than 3 years in length. Total grant size should be no more than roughly $300,000.
7.What is your allowable F&A or in-directs on a grant?
The in-direct costs are limited to no more than 10% (included in the total amount)
8.Do you fund basic science research?
Laboratory studies are funded occasionally. However, we expect that the basic science is a preliminary step required to support a clinical trial and that a clinical study will follow shortly after the funded project is completed.
9.Do you fund projects in which the research will be conducted outside of the United States?
This is done on occasion and at the discretion of the Trustees. The case must be made for conducting the research outside of the United States. Results must provide a benefit to children in the United States.
10.Who reviews full proposals?
Proposals are initially reviewed by a subcommittee assigned to that project. Expert reviewers are utilized during this initial review as needed. Proposals of high quality are then reviewed by the full board. Wherever possible, the proposal should be geared toward the lay reader.
11.How many grants are awarded each year?
The number of grants awarded depends on the overall size of projects selected. Generally 10-15 are selected each year for approval. Our goal is to have an approval rate of 60-90% during each grant cycle.
12. Are there limitations to the amount of salary support provided by a grant?
Yes, the base salary is capped at the current NIH salary cap level. In addition, PI and Co-PI time supported on the grant is limited to no more than 30%
13. How is The Gerber Foundation related to Gerber Products Company?
The Gerber Foundation is not related to Gerber Products Company in any way. The Foundation is a private, independent foundation.
Concept papers are due June 1 and December 1 of each year. If these dates fall on a weekend, the papers are due the next business day. Determination of interest is generally made within three weeks. Notification will be made to the contacts provided via email.
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 on whether to submit a full proposal.
The concept paper should be written in lay terms. Concept papers must include a cover letter, contact page, and 2-page concept (12 point font, single spaced, 1 inch margins).
- The cover letter should be 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.
- The contact page should include at least a primary and secondary contact with name, title, address, phone, fax, and email contact information.
- The concept paper (2 pages) should include the following:
- Administrative information
- Project title
- Principal investigator
- Length of study (Maximum 3 years)
- Estimated total cost (Does not need to be itemized)
- Number of subjects to be studied
- Age range of subjects
- Hypothesis(es) and objectives: State the specific hypothesis(es) to be tested. Describe objectives or aims of the proposed research.
- Study design: 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.
- Impact: Describe how results will benefit clinical practice and provide a projection of the number of years before findings may result in significant changes in practice. Describe how expected outcomes will improve the health and nutrition of infants and young children.
- Administrative information
- Do NOT submit scientific references, biosketches, or CV's with the concept paper.
- Concept papers may be submitted by:
- Fax to 231.924.7906
- Mail to: The Gerber Foundation, 4747 West 48th Street, Suite 153, Fremont, MI 49412
Individuals seeking assistance with their concept paper may contact the Foundation at any time at 231.924.3175.
Full Proposal Format
The Full Proposal provides an in depth description of the project, enabling the Foundation to assess the scientific merit and quality of the research. Both lay and medical professionals will review the proposal. Medical jargon should be limited, where feasible.
The proposal format consists of the application form and information described in the guidelines which can be printed from the links below.
Click here to print the application form and guidelines.
Seven copies and one CD or jump drive of the proposal must be mailed to The Gerber Foundation, 4747 West 48th Street, Suite 153, Fremont, MI 49412-8119.
Binding is not required but may be done at the researcher’s discretion.
Due dates are February 15 and August 15 of each year. This is a postmark by date. If these dates fall on a weekend, the due date is the following business day.
Individuals seeking assistance with their proposal may contact the Foundation at any time.
When To Apply
For the May grant round, concept papers should be submitted by December 1. If accepted, full proposals are due February 15.
For the November grant round, concept papers should be submitted by June 1. If accepted, full proposals are due August 15.
If due dates fall on a weekend, the papers or proposals are due the next business day.
How To Apply
Step 1: Concept Paper
The Foundation may receive grant proposals from unsolicited sources as well as from organizations with which we have been in contact. However, our preference is for an initial concept paper with subsequent communication between the grant applicant and Program staff as the grant proposal is being developed. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation at any point in the process to discuss their project.
The format for the concept paper can be located under the “Concept Paper Format” tab on this website or can be obtained by contacting the Foundation office.
Concept papers are due June 1 and December 1 of each year. If these dates fall on a weekend, the papers are due the next business day. Determination of interest in receiving a full proposal is generally made within three weeks.
Step 2: Full Proposal
The application format can be located under the “Full Proposal Format” tab on this website or can be obtained by contacting the Foundation office. Full proposals should be submitted only at the request of the Foundation after approval of a concept paper.
Full proposals are due February 15 or August 15 of each year with grant approval or denial determined by the end of May or November, respectively.
Videotapes, CD's or DVD's are discouraged. They should be attempted as a method of application only if the Foundation requests them. Tapes will not be returned.
Step 3: Funding Decision
Only proposals reviewed and recommended by Foundation subcommittees will be considered by the Board for approval. External expert reviewers are utilitized where necessary to ensure that proposals meet standards of high quality and effective research. The Board is comprised of professionals from both medical and non-medical fields. The Board ensures that the portfolio of funded projects represent the current mission of the Foundation. Notifications of project approval or denial are made via U.S. mail.
The Foundation Board ensures that the Foundation's portfolio of funded projects is of high quality and represents the Foundation's mission. The Board reviews the recommendations and makes funding decisions based on the Foundation's priorities and objectives.