With the Otto Bayer Award, the Bayer Foundations honor scientists from the German-speaking area that have made pioneering research contributions in innovative areas of chemistry and biochemistry.
The award, with its € 75,000 prize, is one of the most distinguished scientific awards in the German-speaking countries. The Foundation confers it every two years. Currently, the fields of organic chemistry, biocatalysis, green biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, plant physiology and white biotechnology are considered for the award.
The award was endowed back in 1984 in memory of Professor Dr. Otto Bayer. The long-tenured Head of Research at Bayer AG invented polyurethane chemistry. He influenced the development of this diverse group of plastics throughout his long career.