Bayer recently opened its 2021 application window for Grants4Ag, its annual initiative that offers funding, expertise, and other resources to researchers developing novel solutions in agriculture.
For the second year, Bayer is accepting proposals for Grants4Ag through Halo, a partnering platform where corporate sponsors connect directly with scientists and startups for research collaborations. To apply to Grants4Ag and other partnering opportunities on Halo, researchers submit a short proposal that takes less than an hour. Corporate sponsors use Halo’s back-end workflow and management tools to review the proposals with their team and contact researchers with any feedback, questions, or next steps.
Halo is free for researchers. Corporations pay an annual subscription based on the number of partnering opportunities they share on the platform. In addition to Bayer, Halo works with P&G, Reckitt, Baxter, Georgia-Pacific, PepsiCo, and Valent, among others. According to CEO Kevin Leland, Halo focuses on connecting researchers with corporations because that remains the biggest disconnect in research and development.
“Researchers and industry members can’t seem to find each other. Through Halo, companies can benefit from fresh knowledge and technology that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to,” says Kevin.
In 2020, Bayer’s Grants4Ag program received more than 600 proposals through Halo’s platform five times its goal, and funded 24 projects. In 2021, Bayer and Halo look forward to expanding this network of talented scientists tackling agriculture's most pressing challenges.