Clink on the links below to see recent awards. Generally, these are the currently active projects.

Additional projects may be viewed in the Annual Reports section of this website.


2014 Research Awards

2013 Research Awards

2012 Research Awards

2011 Research Awards

2010 Research Awards


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 $350,000.

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. 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.


To apply, go to


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.

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. (Please use lay terminology). 

The proposal includes the following information: Each heading here refers to a tab in the application system.


1. Covering letter, signed by a senior administrative official of the applying organization, briefly describing the applicant organization and endorsing the project. Note: this carries over from the concept paper but you have the option to delete it and upload a new one if you wish.

2. Synopsis/abstract of the proposal, including hypotheses, methods, and expected outcomes.

3. Planned target enrollment by year and by group

4. Hypothesis(es) and objective(s)

5. Uploaded proposal narrative (Limit 15 pages, double spaced in pdf format). This is the main source of proposal information and should include:

  • Goals, objectives, and methods to be used
  • Size of the population to be studied in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, the source of subjects, and the recruitment process
  • Description of evaluation measures in place or planned to assess project results and outcomes
  • Expected impact of the project nationally or regionally, potential for project replication or ways in which the project responds to the Foundation's preference for broad impact projects.

6. Uploaded schedule/timeline of events (in pdf format). Include time periods for achieving enrollment targets of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%.

7. OUtcomes/measures to be used

8. Plan for acknowledging Foundation support


1. List of team members and contact information

2. Uploaded biosketches of principal investigator and significant support staff


1. Line item project budget. If a multi-year project, travel to a conference is not allowed in year 1. Indirect costs are limited to 10%. Salaries: Percentage of time applied to grant for PI and Co-PI's will not exceed 30% per person. Base salaries for PI and Co-PI's will not exceed the base salary imposed for NIH grants.

2. Plan for project funding, including a description of any current or requested funding from other major donors.

3. Budget summary including description of duties of investigator and staff


1. Pre-award contact information (Development officer)

2. Uploaded brief description of applying organizataion, its current programs, services, and population(s) served

3. Uploaded board roster, indicating names and affiliations of the organization's governing board

4. Uploaded most recent Independent Audited Financial Statement. This must include the balance sheet, statement of revenues, and cash flow statement.

5. Uploaded IRS documentation indicating that the applying organization is tax exempt and is not a private foundation (for non-government agencies)


1. Uploaded statement of collaborations with other institutions (sub-contracts, etc.)

2. Uploaded Informed Consent documentation for human subject studies. Please provide a draft if not approved yet.

3. Uploaded Scientific references

4. Optional items (uploaded)

  • Letters of support form organizations with key input or interest in the project
  • Relevant news articles
  • Organization's annual report
  • Organization newsletters

Due dates are February 15 and August 15 of each year. 

Applications are submitted through

Individuals seeking assistance with their proposal may contact the Foundation at any time.


When To Apply

For the May grant round, concept papers must be submitted by December 1. If accepted, full proposals are due February 15th.

For the November grant round, concept papers must be submitted by June 1. If accepted, full proposals are due August 15th.   


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.

Concept papers and applications are submitted through our online grant application system located at

Information required in the concept paper can be located under the “Concept Paper Format” tab on this website.

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

Step 2: Full Proposal

Once the concept paper is approved for a full proposal, you will receive an email from the online grant application system to begin the full application. Return to your portal on the system to begin your full application. Full proposals can only be submitted after approval of a concept paper.

Information required for a full application can be located under the “Full Proposal Format” tab on this website.

Applications are submitted through our online grant application system located at

Full proposals are due February 15th or August 15th of each year with grant approval or denial determined by the end of May or November, respectively.


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 the application system by email.


Basis for Funding Decision

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 committee and other review recommendations and makes funding decisions based on the Foundation's priorities and objectives.