Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

The Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Awards - upcoming deadline

Deadline: June 01, 2018

Amount: Varies - Total grant size should be no more than ~$350,000 for the entire award over all years and projects should not last longer than 3 years


The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age.

The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application. Laboratory studies are funded occasionally. It is expected 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.


  • The Foundation generally receives approximately 130 concept papers for each concept paper deadline. Depending on funding availability and the mix of requests, 10-12 of these are selected for full proposal submission. For full proposals, the selection rate for funding averages 75-90%.
  • The Gerber Foundation also offers smaller novice research awards for new investigators (up to $20K)
  • Concept papers are due June 1 and December 1 of each year. Upon invitation only, full proposals are due February 15 and August 15 of each year.

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