History

Commitment with Tradition

The innovative company Bayer has been committed to benefiting society from its founding in the 19th Century. Today, the company's social and scientific commitments are pooled in the Bayer Foundations.

Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott Zoom image
Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott

Bayer supported its first young scientist back in 1883. Friedrich Bayer Jr., son of the company’s founder, financed a research stay in Strasbourg for a bright young chemist: Carl Duisberg. A few years later in 1897, Bayer Jr. laid the groundwork for what would become the Bayer Foundations.


Since the start of the 20th Century, the Bayer Group has been promoting the sciences with a systematic approach that comprises both financial and conceptual support. Scholarship programs and awards for outstanding research were central components of this work from an early stage. Many of these, such as the Carl Duisberg scholarship program or the Otto Bayer Award, are named after influential personalities in the company's history or were endowed by them directly.


In 2007, the company restructured its foundation activities under the umbrella of the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation. The Bayer Foundations’ profile has also been undergoing refinement since 2015, following the Bayer Group's lead in focusing on its core competencies in the Life Sciences.


The foundations now place a greater emphasis on pioneers in the life sciences and medicine.