Wednesday - September 11, 2019
Initiative offers financial support for novel approaches and enabling technologies in crop research

Bayer opens application window for Grants4Traits™ and Grants4Biologicals™

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Bayer supports the search for new approaches that lead to innovative solutions in plant research.

Monheim, September 11, 2019 – Bayer announced today that it has opened the application window for its Grants4 initiative. First introduced in 2015, the initiative offers researchers financial and scientific support to develop ideas for novel solutions, including gene editing targets, that will help to achieve higher yield and safety in crops as they face increasing pressure from weeds, insects, diseases, and unfavorable climate conditions. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2019.

“Our research and development platforms are bolstered by our ‘open innovation’ model,” said Phil Taylor, Corporate Innovation and R&D Business Partner for the Crop Science division. “Grants4Traits exemplifies that approach, providing outside researchers the resources to create solutions to control existing crop threats and get ahead of emerging ones.”

“At Bayer, we have a multidisciplinary research and development team focusing solely on biological solutions – but we can’t do it alone,” said Benoit Hartmann, Head of Biologicals at Crop Science. “We also count on strengthening our crop protection portfolio by forming collaborations with innovative partners, which is one reason why we created Grants4Biologicals.”

Bayer is looking for novel approaches that could lead to innovative solutions in five categories: Yield enhancement, Pest control, Disease control, Weed control and Enabling technologies.

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 from 2,000 Euros to 10,000 Euros are for proposals that are at a very early stage of discovery, and focus grants from 10,000 Euros to 50,000 Euros are for more advanced proposals to support promising research towards fully validated solutions. The size of the individual grant will depend on the target specifics and the state of development and validation.

Full details on the programs’ sought-after solutions, application process and submission rules are available at https://grants4traits.bayer.com/home and https://www.grants4biologicals.bayer.com/home.

Bayer offers a number of funding and partnering innovation opportunities across its three divisions of Pharmaceuticals, Crop Science, and Consumer Health. Information on these programs may be found at https://innovate.bayer.com.

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.

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John Combest

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