Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program | About the Program

About the Program

In 2002, Bayer HealthCare instituted the Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program with the following mission:

The Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program supports basic and clinical research and education in hemophilia. Through grants provided to early career investigators, fellows in training, and other hemophilia care professionals, the program seeks to support the next steps for the next generation of care and treatment options for people with hemophilia worldwide.

Who We Are

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG, with annual sales of EUR 16,913 million (2010), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the health care and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover and manufacture products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 53,400 employees and is represented in more than 100 countries.

Bayer envisions the Hemophilia Awards Program as a step toward making the dream of hemophilia cures and improved treatments a reality.

The Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program demonstrates our commitment to the global bleeding disorders community and to advancing the state of the art of hemophilia care.

Research Priorities

The program’s research priorities for the 2020/2021 cycle are as follows:

Clinical Research Award

  • Microbleeds
  • Subclinical bleeds
  • Joint pain
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Role of FVIII vs. non-FVIII replacement therapy
  • Lab monitoring, etc.

Basic Research Award

  • Role of FVIII outside of coagulation
  • Inhibitors
  • Immunogenicity
  • Lab monitoring research and applications.

Previous Research

In previous award cycles the Program has provided funding to support several projects in the following areas:

  • Aspects of the molecular biology of vWF structure and function and the diagnosis and treatment of vWD
  • The function and regulation of platelets and the diagnosis of platelet disorders.

As a result, the Program will not award projects in these areas during this award cycle.

Excluded Research Topics

In order to maintain a focus on hemophilia and bleeding disorders, the Program will not support research focused on:

  • Products or technologies licensed or patented by competitors of Bayer
  • Cancer diagnosis or therapy
  • AIDS diagnosis or hepatitis therapy except where specifically related to patients with hemophilia and HIV, HCV or HBV
  • Cardiovascular disease diagnosis or therapy
  • Purely thrombotic disorders.

Dates & Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program. This program represents Bayer’s continuing commitment to taking the next steps for the next generation of people with hemophilia to enjoy a better quality of life and treatment options.

Applications will be processed solely online and all applications must be submitted in English.

As a first step, applicants should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed project in 500 words or fewer. People who submit LOIs will receive an email confirming receipt.

LOIs will be reviewed by all 10 members of the Grants Review and Awards Committee and, in some cases, additional information may be requested.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal that will be reviewed by at least two members of the Grants Review and Awards Committee. These applicants will be emailed a Full Proposal application form.

The results of the review process and funding decisions for the 2020/2021 cycle will be communicated to applicants in April. Funded applicants must send a letter of acceptance and enter into an agreement outlining obligations and understandings prior to disbursement of funds.

Awardees will be invited to attend an Awards Dinner that will coincide with the biennial meetings of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) or the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).

The table below summarizes the application timelines for 2020/2021.

Action Date
LOI submissions Permitted throughout the year
Deadline for LOI consideration November 30, 2020
GRAC reviews LOIs December 2020
GRAC informs applicants January 2021
Applicants develop Full Proposals January/February 2021
Full Proposals submitted February 2021
GRAC reviews Full Proposals March 2021
Applicants notified of GRAC decisions April 2021
Funding available July/August 2021

GRAC, Grants Review and Awards Committee.

Application Process

Letters of Intent and Full Applications are reviewed by the Grants Review and Awards Committee which comprises 10 members, representing many of the leading experts from clinical and academic medicine:

  • Alok Srivastava MD, Vellore, India (chairman)
  • Valder Arruda MD, Philadelphia, USA
  • Marijke van den Berg MD, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Craig Kessler MD, Washington DC, USA
  • Riitta Lassila MD, Helsinki, Finland
  • David Lillicrap MD, Kingston, Canada
  • Pier Mannucci MD, Milan, Italy
  • Johannes Oldenburg MD, Bonn, Germany
  • Keiji Nogami MD, Nara, Japan
  • Gil White MD, Milwaukee, WI, USA

All members of the Grants Review and Awards Committee will review the Letters of Intent and determine which candidates will be invited to submit full applications. Full applications will be reviewed by at least two members of the committee.

Reviewers will evaluate full applications according to the criteria outlined in the Awards section of this website. The reviewers will provide written comments and preliminary numeric scores according to these criteria.

The Committee will meet to discuss individual proposals including strengths, weaknesses and scoring. In this meeting, a consensus score for each grant application will be agreed upon. Proposals will then be ranked according to these scores in order to determine funding. In the event of identical scoring, the Committee will discuss the proposals in question and revise the scoring in order to clearly define a ranked priority. Funding will occur on a regional basis.

Three regions are defined as:

  1. United States and Canada
  2. Europe (for the purposes of this award, the Europe region includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom)
  3. Japan, China, India, Australia and all other countries.

Awards will be determined on the final priority score as agreed by the Grants Review and Awards Committee. In the event that inadequate numbers of acceptable applications are received from a particular region, additional acceptable proposals will be funded solely on the basis of priority scores, without regard to region.

The Committee’s decision is final and there is no appeal mechanism. Applicants who have constructive suggestions about the review of their applications, or the process in general, are encouraged to contact us. See Contact.

Conflict of Interest

The Program has ‘conflict of interest’ guidelines that ensure reviews are conducted in a fair and equitable manner. Reviewers will not participate in the review or priority scoring of applications in which they, or institutions with which they are affiliated, have an interest. Also, to the extent practicable, reviewers will not participate in the review of proposals competing for funding with proposals for individuals associated with their institutions.


The members of the Grants Review and Awards Committee are bound by the confidentiality rules generally applicable to such bodies.

Award Recipients: 2020

Fellowship Project Awards

Pasquale-Agosti Pasquale Agosti
Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, and Fondazione Luigi Villa, Italy
Minimum baseline FVIII levels required to prevent bleeding episodes: A study in mild haemophilia
Stéphanie-Désage Stéphanie Désage
Hemophilia Comprehensive Care Center, France
FVIII-FXIII B fusion protein: a new strategy to improve the half-life of FVIII molecule

Basic Research Award

Beth-A-Bouchard Beth A. Bouchard
University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, USA
Megakaryocyte endocytosis and platelet delivery of a FV:FVIII chimera to treat hemophilia A
Wenjing-Cao Wenjing Cao
University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
Dissecting the Mechanism Underlying Factor VIII-Dependent Regulation of VWF Cleavage at the Single-Molecule Level
Mirko-Pinotti Mirko Pinotti
University of Ferrara, Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Italy
Base Editing of DNA as a New Therapeutic Option for Haemophilia A

Clinical Research Award

Roberta-Gualtierotti Roberta Gualtierotti
Fondazione Luigi Villa, Italy
Detection of novel biomarkers for hemophilic arthropathy via transcriptome analysis
Nathalie-Anne-Roussel Nathalie Anne Roussel
University of Antwerp, Belgium
Exploring underlying mechanisms of joint pain in ageing hemophilia patients
Ayse-Zengin Ayse Zengin
Monash University, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Australia
The Haemophilia Osteoporosis Registry (THOR)

Past Award Recipients