Put data behind seed wellbeing!

We are looking for seed sized sensor solutions that monitor soil properties relevant for seed germination and early growth.

Join this challenge, plant an environmentally friendly SeedSensor, and start data driven yield optimization when seeds hit the ground.

Combine your knowhow with our expertise in the area of Crop Science. Have the chance to win 40.000€.

Submission deadline June 18th, 2020

The challenge

Build a seed sized sensor solution that monitors relevant soil properties for seed germination and growth. To be of practical use, SeedSensors need to be environmentally friendly, easy to use, and small.

The Opportunity

Today data driven field management starts the moment plants emerge. Why not earlier? Why is it so hard to sense below the surface? Soil sensors have a couple of disadvantages. They require a dedicated effort to plant and return data of just one spot. How to overcome this limitation? Make them small so that they fit in planters, are planted without additional effort, and distribute many of these sensors over the field. A mesh of sensors will provide a good overview of the soil properties close to every seed.

Your SeedSensor solution should cover following aspects:

  1. Measure relevant parameters accurately
    Parameters like temperature and moisture need to be measured. Show us also further parameters that could be of interest for us.
  2. Be as small as possible, preferably of the size of a seed
    Present us a sensor that can be put into the soil using a corn planter. The smaller the sensor, the better!
  3. Offer robust and practical solution
    Data collected by the SeedSensor should be transmitted successfully to a receiver device. Make your sensor independent of external power supply.
  4. Environmental friendliness
    Your solution needs to be either fully biodegradable, reusable, or recyclable.

The applications submitted by the entrants / entrant teams should cover these features as far as available. We are also interested in innovative partial solutions.


For more information about provided materials and other important questions have a look at our FAQs. To learn more about specific challenge conditions download our factsheet here.



What's in it for you?

Six finalist teams will have the chance to present their solution in the finalist competition. The top three will receive an award of 40.000€, 20.000€ and 15.000€ respectively. A further 10.000 € will be awarded to each three remaining finalists.


Further collaboration

In case of a promising and convincing solution, Bayer will aim to collaborate with you.

Finalist Competition Event & Award Ceremony

You get the opportunity to present your results and capabilities at a finalist event, showcase your solution in front of representatives from key industry leaders, startups and institutions.
During the final event participants have to present a prototype consisting of all necessary hardware and software.


Deadline June 18th, 2020

Please use our online submission form and include title, a detailed description of your proposed solution and a high level plausible project plan. We expect carefully thought through projects rather than ideas. We are also interested in innovative partial solutions.

Until July 7th, 2020

All submissions will be reviewed by the Bayer Grants4Tech team, and six finalist teams will be selected to take part in the competition and the finalist event. The selection decision is made at the entire discretion of Bayer without any obligation to explain. We will inform all participants of our decision.

July 7th – October 2020

We will be in regular exchange with with the finalists to follow your development.

October 12th – 16th, 2020

All 6 finalists will be invited to present their solution at an event in October. Costs for travel, accommodation and transport will be covered by Sponsor. Details of the finalist event and award ceremony will be given in due time. To learn more about the specific timeline download our factsheet here.

The Finalists


Meet the team