Bayer USA Foundation

OVERVIEW: A long-established pharmaceutical giant, Bayer’s philanthropic arm supports science education programs and initiatives to attract more women and ethnic minorities into STEM-related professions.

IP TAKE: This funder encourages applications with its online submission system. If you have a STEM-related project or initiative, sign up for an account on this funder's website.

KEY INFO: The Bayer USA Foundation is the philanthropic branch of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, which has its U.S. headquarters near Pittsburgh, PA. This funder’s grant-making activities include supporting education in science, technology, engineering, and math, and encouraging more underrepresented groups to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

Many corporate funders focus their giving in communities where they have a business presence, and Bayer USA Foundation is no exception. So, if you have a STEM grant proposal, you should first ensure that it will impact at least one of Bayer’s communities. Bayer USA Foundation’s geographic focus areas include Pittsburgh, PA; Berkeley and northern California; Houston and Baytown, TX; Kansas City, MO; northern New Jersey; Shawnee, KS; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. However, the foundation considers proposals from STEM education programs that have a national focus.

This funder’s grants go to nonprofit organizations. It does not fund primary or secondary schools directly, preferring instead to work with groups with educational programs and initiatives. Bayer USA Foundation also supports programs that provide training and professional development activities for science and math teachers.

Some of recent grant recipients include:

  • A $150,000 grant over three years to continue the Bayer-NSTA Fellows program and to expand the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy to all middle and high school science teachers throughout New Jersey. The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a year-long professional development program to help reduce the high-attrition rate among science teachers who are new to the profession.  Research shows that nearly 50 percent of early-career teachers leave their jobs in the first five years.
  • A $386,000 grant to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to implement its Laying the Foundation teacher training program in GCCISD junior high and high schools.  Laying the Foundation aims to increase the number of high school students succeeding in advanced placement  math and science courses through enhanced teacher training.  The program will provide all 116 of GCCISD’s sixth through 12th grade science and math teachers with high quality content-based training that strengthens their instruction.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Raleigh, N.C., which received funding for an outdoor classroom to teach horticulture to elementary school students with emotional and mental health issues.

Bayer USA Foundation’s online grant application system makes it easier for organizations seeking funding to attract attention from this funder. Paper submissions are not accepted. Organizations interested in applying for a grant from this funder should create an account through the online application system that corresponds to the geographic region the organization serves. Once a proposal is submitted online, applicants receive a confirmation. Foundation staff members screen submissions to ensure the program or project meets its guidelines and contacts grant seekers in which the funder is interested.

Applicants contacted by the foundation will be asked to provide a brief history of the organization, contact information, an executive summary of the proposed project, the requested amount, a proposed budget, program time frame, a letter from the IRS that verifies the organization’s 501(c)(3) status, a W-9 form, and a listing of other funding sources.


  • Sarah Toulouse, Executive Director