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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Bayer provides grants for targets/biomarkers and offers expertise, tools and technologies to help develop your ideas.
Bring your ideas and projects together with people who can make it happen and share our passion for new paths in life sciences.