The world of medicine and the research behind it is ever evolving. As a pioneer in neonatology, Dr. Marshall H. Klaus has made many seminal discoveries in surfactant biology, but he may be best known for his leadership in the humane care of mothers and infants and promoted the term “maternal infant bonding” in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Dr. Klaus mentored numerous leaders—past and current—in neonatology and continues to make a significant impact in the academic development of physicians training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine through an award in his name. The Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award initiated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute provides financial support to assist outstanding fellows in initiating or completing their research projects. Over the past 13 years, the Klaus Award has directly contributed to over 40 publications by trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fostering interest in academic neonatology to ensure that scientific and medical progress for our most vulnerable patients continue.