Novel solutions to increase crop productivity

At Bayer, we have a successful history of collaborating with external parties to discover and develop innovative biologicals that benefit the society and the growers. We are interested in learning from you and in partnering with you to sustain this innovation.

Apply now for a grant and develop further some of your ideas towards products that will increase sustainable crop output to meet the demands of an ever growing population and changing environment.

Next submission deadline will be November 15th 2019


What we are funding

Bayer Crop Science offers you financial and scientific support to develop your ideas for live microbials or biomolecules that will help to achieve higher yield, quality and safety in crops as they face increasing pressure from weeds, insects, diseases and unfavorable climate conditions.


We are looking for novel approaches and enabling technologies that could lead to innovative Crop Protection or Yield Enhancement solutions.

Microbes or Microbial-derived solutions that will increase Corn and Soybean yield or yield components via understood mechanisms of action under standard agronomic conditions.

Pest Control solution that could either be novel – so far un-exploited – microbial strains or defined biomolecules with proven activity against lepidopteran pests that could be produced through fermentation processes. Specifically excluded here are strains that produce antibiotics or known metabolites with human health issues or the respective biomolecules themselves.

Microbials having shown potential to reduce fungal disease pressure on crops, in particular:
Wheat: Septoria tritici
Fruit and Vegetables: Oomycetes, Colletotrichum, Mycosphaerella, Alternaria, Venturia, Fusarium
Soybean: Asian Rust, Fusarium

Novel approaches to optimize gene or protein expression, activity and regulation such as

  • Strains of agriculturally relevant bacteria which form fruiting bodies
    • Focus  Myxococcaceae and similar proteobacteria
    • Out of Scope - Firmicutes
  • Strains of agriculturally beneficial gram-negative bacteria which are readily culture able and genetically tractable
    • Focus Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter
  • Novel methods for annotation or identification of microbial derived molecules (secondary metabolites or proteins) expressed in liquid or solid growth media
  • Improving sporulation efficiency and robustness
  • Identify gene and pathway targets for optimizing microbial performance

Your benefits

Financial Support

There are two types of grants, that will be allocated by Bayer depending on the approach/trait described, the scientific data provided and the maturity of the proposal.

Support grants (€ 2,000 - € 10,000)*
For proposals that are at a very early stage of discovery.

Focus grants (€ 10,000 - € 50,000)*
For more advanced proposals to support promising research towards a fully validated solutions.

* The size of the individual grant will depend on the target specifics and the state of development and validation.


  • The decision on grant allocation is made at the sole and absolute discretion of Bayer.
  • The applicant will retain ownership of any intellectual property he or she develops.
  • Special conditions may apply for proprietary technologies or solutions.
Grants may be complemented by
Assisting Technologies

We can offer access to different technologies to assist in your solution validation, e.g. gene expression profiling, plant transformation or other state-of-the-art technologies. Please detail your research interest for the technology platforms in the online submission.

Further Collaboration

If the data submitted or generated under one of the Grants look very promising, we may provide the opportunity to extend the collaboration and leverage with you the potential of your proposal even further.

Application Process


Applications are submitted via a simple electronic submission form requiring information details of your technology and its validation status. Confidential information should not be revealed at this stage.

6-8 Weeks after deadline

Your submission will be reviewed by senior scientists at Bayer's Division Crop Science. The decision on grant allocation and amount of funding is made dependent on the approach/trait described and research plan proposed. Bayer commits to review all proposals within 8 weeks following the submission deadline. Each applicant will receive the evaluation result by email.

8 weeks after deadline

Successful applicants will be notified by Bayer and will receive further instructions concerning the grant. A Bayer caretaker will be in contact with you during the grant period.


In the online submission form, please share with us the details of your approach and its crop improvement potential

Your submission (in English) should include:

A short description of your biological technology and its potential towards crop improvement.

Tested on agronomically relevant plant or model plant with a clear associated phenotype.

Please provide a research plan detailing the work planned in the coming year after successful application.

You can upload any further documents in the submission form.


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