Bayer offers you financial and scientific support to develop your ideas for novel traits, 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.
Traits that will increase yield via the improvement of specific components, under optimal growth conditions or abiotic stress conditions.
Solutions to lower insect and nematode damage.
Solutions to reduce fungal growth and symptoms.
Solutions to protect crops from commercial herbicides or decrease pressure from weeds.
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 crop improvement trait.
* 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.
Next submission deadline is currently not set
Applications are submitted via a simple electronic submission form requiring information details of your trait or enabling 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 trait or enabling technology and its potential towards crop improvement.
Tested on agronomical relevant organism or model organisms with a clear associated phenotype.
Your proposal to assess trait/gene/protein activity in vitro or in vivo.
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.
Next submission deadline is November 15th 2019
Bayer provides grants for targets/biomarkers and offers expertise, tools and technologies to help develop your ideas.
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