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!

Thursday, November 6th, 7-9 pm
Bottle and Bottega, 2900 N. Lincoln, Chicago
Wine & food are included!
Tickets: $45

In honor of preemies throughout the country, come on out to uncork your inner artist and create a masterpiece of your own for a good cause. Don't worry if you're artistically challenged, an on-site local artist will help, and so will the wine. All proceeds benefit the Little Giraffe Foundation funding neonatal research and supporting parents and patients of the NICU. Wine and snacks included.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 7-9 pm
175 W Jackson, Suite 123, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Snacks are included!
Tickets: $40

Come out and support Little Giraffe Foundation for this month's World Prematurity Day! The night will be filled with lots of great raffle prizes and munchies from local restaurants! All proceeds will benefit Little Giraffe Foundation's missions of funding neonatal research and supporting patients and parents in the NICU.
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