Concept papers are due June 1 and December 1 of each year. Determination of interest is generally made within three weeks. 

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 should be written in lay terms.


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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 (Masimum 3 years)
  • Estimated total cost (Non-itemized, Limit $350,000 on grants with no more than $125,000/year, Limit of $20,000 on Novice research grants)
  • Number and type of subjects to be studied
  • Age range of subjects
  • Hypothesis(es) to be tested. (2500 characters or about 1/4 page)
  • 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. (7500 characters or about 1.5 pages)
  • Impact: 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)
  • There is a place to add additional information if an explanation is required for specific items in the concept paper.

The concept paper does NOT include scientific references, biosketches, or CV's.

To view a sample of the layout of the concept paper online, click here.

Individuals seeking assistance with their concept paper may contact the Foundation at any time at 231.924.3175.