Bayer awards grants and mentorship to innovative agriculture researchers

Bayer awards grants and mentorship to innovative agriculture researchers

(IN BRIEF) Bayer has announced the recipients of its 2023 Grants4Ag program, which will provide funding and mentorship to researchers working on sustainability and biotechnology in agriculture. The program will award grants ranging from €5,000 to €15,000 and connect researchers with Bayer’s leading Crop Science researchers as mentors. The focus of this year’s program will be on developing next-generation genomic tools and supporting sustainable agriculture. Successful researchers will retain all intellectual property rights to their work and will receive guidance from Bayer scientists as their research progresses. The company received over 100 proposals from researchers around the world during a five-week submission period in the fall of 2022.

(PRESS RELEASE) MONHEIM, 5-Apr-2023 — /EuropaWire/ —Bayer announced its 2023 cohort of Grants4Ag grant recipients who have been selected to research promising sustainability and biotechnology subjects in agriculture with support from Bayer. The annual program provides both financial and mentorship resources, with awards ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 Euro in addition to access to some of Bayer’s leading Crop Science researchers as mentors for the duration of the program. This year’s program addressed three innovation themes integral to Bayer’s R&D efforts in its Crop Science division: sustainability traits, plant transformation technologies, and the gene editing potential of local plant varieties.

“The Grants4Ag program can make a direct impact on the future of agriculture and drive food security and sustainability going forward,” said Dr. Phil Taylor, Director of Open Innovation and Outreach for Bayer’s Crop Science Division. “We will be working with some of the best and brightest researchers from leading academic institutions around the world and are looking forward to advance innovations together.”

Grants4Ag awardees retain all intellectual property rights to their research. In addition to financial awards, successful researchers will also be paired with Bayer scientists to provide project guidance as their research progresses. With support from innovation partnering platform Halo, Bayer received more than 100 proposals from researchers around the world during a five-week submission window this past fall.

Previous grant awardee Prof. Ji Zhou of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge, UK reflected on how his experience as a Grants4Ag recipient helped develop his team’s research into wheat and rice, two critical crops for global food security: “The support we’ve received through the Bayer Grants4Ag program has enabled us to consolidate our proof-of-principle studies on dynamic phenotyping in wheat and rice,” said Prof. Ji Zhou. The 2022 awardee added: “Through the Grants4Ag program, not only have we had opportunities to engage with our Bayer contacts, but we also worked with Bayer’s global phenotyping and breeding teams to verify new ideas and set up new projects in areas such as AI-powered trait analysis and in-field root phenotyping, bridging requirement gaps by working with a global leader and helping to address breeding bottlenecks.”

2023 Grants4Ag Awardees

Sustainability Traits:

Amit Dhingra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA
Leslie A Weston, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Li-Qing Chen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Manqiang Liu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
Owen Rowland, Carleton University, Canada

Plant Transformation:

Heqiang Huo, University of Florida, USA
Claudia Osorio, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Chile
Kirankumar Mysore, Oklahoma State University, USA
Steven Strauss, Oregon State University, USA
Christine Ondzighi-Assoume, Tennessee State University, USA
Zheng Gong, University of Queensland, Australia
Chinenye Izuegbunam, University of South Dakota, USA
Guo-Qing Song, Michigan State University, USA
Randy Allen, Oklahoma State University, USA
Bastiaan Bargmann, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Megan Kelly, University of Florida, USA
Penny Hundleby & Tom Lawrenson, John Innes Centre, UK

Gene Editing of Local Varieties:

Karen Massel, University of Queensland, Australia.
Samuel Acheampong, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Ihuoma Okwuonu, National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria
Sara Zenoni, Universita degli Studi di Verona, Italy

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