Grants4Targets Crop Science aims to turn innovative research, from anywhere in the world, into modern crop protection products suited to addressing the future challenges of the global agricultural community.
Two types of grants will be allocated by Bayer and will be dependent upon the molecular target, the scientific data provided and the proposal maturity.
- Support grants (€2,000 - €10,000). These grants are intended for novel targets that are at very early discovery stage.
- Focus grants (€10,000 - €50,000). These grants are intended for more advanced proposals in order to support promising research towards a fully validated crop protection target.
In addition, grants may be complimented by the following benefits:
- Small molecule tool compounds. The Bayer Compound Collection may have chemical probes that will support validation efforts. Access to the compound library is subject to special conditions, requiring a collaboration contract.
- Assisting technologies. Bayer may offer access to different technologies in order to assist with target validation. This could include gene expression profiling or other state-of-the-art research technologies. Applicants should detail research interests for the technology platforms within the online submission.
- Further collaboration. Advanced proposals or projects supported by a grant could result in extended collaborations. If Bayer is persuaded by the data that has been submitted or generated under one of the grants then there would be interest in an extended collaboration, leveraging the target potential by broader means in vitro and in vivo characterisation.
This scheme is administered by Bayer Global, a life science company with key competencies in the areas of healthcare and agriculture. Bayer Global contributes towards finding solutions to some of the most important challenges of modern times.
The aim of this scheme is to translate innovation originating from research into modern crop protection products that are suitable for future challenges of the global agricultural community. Bayer Global will offer financial and scientific support that will the exploration of new ideas for novel molecular targets towards developing innovative, new crop protection solutions in the areas of weed, pest and disease control.
Information regarding restrictions has not been given. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
Applications are welcome from university researchers, other academic research institutes and start-up businesses worldwide.
Information regarding match funding has not been given. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
Novel targets are sought after for innovative crop protection solutions:
- Within the areas of weed, pest and disease control, which may include the following:
- Pest control: Insect, mites and nematode control solutions.
- Disease control: Fungal & oomycetes control solutions.
- Weed control: Novel herbicidal solutions.
- Based upon defined molecular targets.
- This may include a protein such as an enzyme, a receptor or a protein complex whose activity could be modified by a compound. The target must be shown to be effective/mechanistically involved within a lethal/severe phenotype.
- Modulated by a compound.
- A compound could be a small-molecular-weight chemical, natural-product or a biological such as proteins or peptides. Modulation must result from a direct interaction between the target and the compound.
The next deadline for this scheme is 31 August 2017.
Applications should be submitted through a simple electronic submission form. Applicants will need to provide information detailing the target and the validation status. At this stage, confidential information should not be revealed. The following information must be included within the submission:
- Target information. The proposal should briefly describe the molecular target, pathway and the potential for crop protection.
- Information on genetic validation. The proposal should either be an agronomical relevant organism or model organisms that have a clear, associated phenotype.
- Information on validation by compound. The proposal should assess target activity in vitro or in vivo. The proposal should also establish a connection between the target activity modulation by a compound and a biological phenotype.
- Proposed assay for validation. The proposal should assess target activity either in vitro or in vivo.
- Research plan for further work. The applicant should include a research plan that details the work planned throughout the coming year should the application be successful.
- CV and relevant publications. The applicant may upload any further documents within the submission form.
The submission will then be reviewed by senior scientists at Bayer's Division Crop Science. Decisions regarding crop allocation and funding amount will be dependent upon the specific target and proposed research plan. Bayer will review all proposals within the eight week period following the submission deadline. Applicants will receive the result of this evaluation through email.
Bayer will notify successful applicants through email and will give further instructions in regards to the grant. A Bayer caretaker will then be in contact will the successful applicant throughout the grant period.