Bayer USA Foundation: Grants for Science Education

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. Grantseekers with a STEM-related project or initiative can sign up for an account on this funder's website.

PROFILE: The Bayer USA Foundation, created in 1953, is the philanthropic branch of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, which has its U.S. headquarters near Pittsburgh, PA. Bayer seeks to “support programs that enhance quality of life, providing unique and enriching opportunities that connect diverse groups and ensure preparedness for tomorrow’s leaders.” 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, grantseekers with a STEM grant proposal should first ensure that their work 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.

Bayer USA Foundation only accepts proposals through the foundation’s online grant application system and does not accept paper submissions. Organizations interested in applying for a grant from this funder should first create an account. 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 falls within the foundation’s focus areas before contacting those grantseekers 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.


  • Ray Kerins, Senior VP, Communications, Government Relations & Policy