Bayer Crop Science launches plant-based protein research call for academics through IN-PART

Bayer Crop Science is running a campaign through IN-PART’s Discover platform to find and fund new academic partners working on plant-based protein production for human health, sustainable agriculture, food and industrial applications.

There are a range of opportunities to partner with the Open Innovation team at Bayer Crop Science depending on the requirement of the project, including project/PhD funding, sponsored research and research collaboration agreements.

Bayer drives collaborations with partners who can help shape the future of agriculture. Plant-based proteins can offer diverse benefits to consumers and across industries in the protein production and supply chain. We are looking forward to identifying new partners through IN-PART.” – Raphael Dumain, Head of Innovation Sourcing and Partnership Management at Bayer Crop Science.

Specifically, the Open Innovation team at Bayer Crop Science is looking for academic researchers and projects identifying novel and/or engineered protein candidates that can be produced in plant cell cultures or transformed plant systems. It’s anticipated that the research selected for further development will have applications in food, agriculture, and sustainability.

The deadline for submissions is the 17th of January 2022. The submissions should contain only non-confidential information and summarize the project in around 300 words. Discover is a bespoke industry scouting platform in use at more than 1,400 institutes that is free for academics and university research commercialisation teams.

More information about the technical requirements can be found on the Discover platform.

We’re delighted to be working with Bayer Crop Science on this campaign to help them find new innovations and to drive positive impact on the environment and the food chain by providing a new pathway for innovative research,” – Robin Knight, Co-founder of IN-PART.


About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of healthcare and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability, and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros. For more information, go to



IN-PART develops digital solutions, curated by in-house STEM experts, that simplify the initial connection between decision-makers in academia and industry. Their goal is to help drive impact from research by matching innovation and expertise on a level playing field globally. Since their first platform launched in 2014, IN-PART have initiated over 10,000 new conversations between teams in academia and industry, and made available £26million in industry funding for new research through their Discover platform. 


Written by Fran Wilkinson. Edited by Alex Stockham.

Copyrights reserved unless otherwise agreed – IN-PART Publishing Ltd., 2021: ‘Press Release: Bayer Crop Science launches plant-based protein research call for academics through IN-PART’



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