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!


November - December 2014

Please help us to support families with babies in the NICU! During the holidays, we offer gift bags that include books and toys to let them know someone is thinking of them. Since our foundation's inception, we have delivered over 4,000 of these such gifts to NICU families within Chicagoland and throughout the country.

Please help the Little Giraffe Foundation reach more NICU families by purchasing a book or toy from our holiday wishlist!.



November 16-29, 2014
13 West Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

For the fourth year in a row, the Arlington Heights Barnes & Noble has elected to make the Little Giraffe Foundation a featured charity in the Holiday Book Drive. Over 1,500 books were donated to Little Giraffe Foundation in 2011-2013. These books make their way to local NICUs and children's hospitals across the Chicagoland area and beyond.

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November 26 - December 24, 2014
1419 North Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642

For the third year running, Buy Buy Baby in Lincoln Park will be hosting a toy drive benefitting the Little Giraffe Foundation.  These toys will be distributed to NICU's across the Chicagoland area and as far as hospitals in New York City and rural Alabama and Mississippi!  By donating a toy, you will have made it possible for us to reach a child that otherwise would not receive a gift this holiday season  Please help us to reach more families this year!

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