2015 Neonatal Research Initiative - Request for Proposals

Little Giraffe Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2015!

The Little Giraffe Foundation is offering research grants in the amount of $5,000 - $10,000 for neonatal research.

We invite qualified scientists, doctors, and nurses at universities, hospitals and research institutions, to submit applications for research grants directed at addressing both the long term and immediate health needs caused by premature birth.

All applicants must be based in the United States and represent a U.S. based institution. Little Giraffe Foundation does not award grants to individuals or families.

Research subjects appropriate for support by the Little Giraffe Foundation include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies.

Potential applicants should submit a Letter of Intent addressed to the Little Giraffe Funding Committee summarizing the proposed studies. Letter of intent should be emailed to funding@littlegiraffefoundation.org with the subject of “LGF Research Funding Request”.

Letters of Intent should be no more than 4 pages and must include the following:


Name of the study, amount of requested funds, timeline of the study, and a 100-200 word overview describing the objective.


List of specific aim or aims to be evaluated during the study.


The relevance to our mission of addressing both the long term and immediate health needs caused by premature birth as well as identifying causes of premature birth and ways to prevent this.


Amount of funding requested, including a basic budget allocation. Funds must directly support the project described. Indirect costs including PI salary, rent, utility costs, etc. are not funded.  Percent effort of the PI(s) should also be included.


The hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested.


Preliminary data.


A statement of the methods.


A plan for evaluating the results.


Current financial support: list the current financial support. If there are no other grants, state “NONE.”

Letters of intent must be submitted by May 15, 2015. Applications will then be evaluated by the Funding Committee and awards will be announced during the month of July.

Grant recipients are required to fulfill all Neonatal Research Progress Reporting Requirements.


Upcoming Events!


March 29, 2015, 8:30 am
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Support Our Team!

Several of our wonderful supporters will be running in the 2015 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k on March 29, 2015. They are raising funds for Little Giraffe Foundation through this event on active.com. All proceeds go to funding neonatal research and NICU families! If you are interested in supporting our team, please do so!



July 19, 2015, 6:30 am
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
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Support preemies and neonatal research by running in the Xsport™ Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality! For the second year, The Little Giraffe Foundation is an official charity partner for the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

Register with us today and your spot in the half marathon is guaranteed at a discounted rate!

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