The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children, with an emphasis on children under the age of three.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for research projects aimed at identifying solutions to common everyday issues and problems in the field of children’s health and nutrition. Of particular interest to the foundation are projects offering substantial promise of meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of disease and those with broad, general applicability.
Research program focus areas identified by the foundation include:
Pediatric Health — Projects that promote health and prevent or treat disease. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or those aimed at improving cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development.
Pediatric Nutrition — Projects that assure adequate nutrition to 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.
Major target areas for research include new diagnostic tools that might be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; symptom relief; preventative measures; assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.
The foundation is interested in supporting projects that will result in “new” information, treatments, or tools that result in a change in practice; it rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers.
Eligible applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (Public governmental institutions such as 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, are limited to no more than $20,000 in total funding, and need to apply under the guidance of a mentor.
Concept papers are due November 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by February 15, 2021.
See the Gerber Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and recently funded projects.