“Anyone who thinks their work is too small to make a difference, has never met the honey bee.” I love that quote, adapted from the Dalai Lama (1). Determined and durable like our namesake, Project Apis m. is celebrating a milestone so impressive that our founders would have never dreamed: PAm celebrates funding $10M in honey bee research!
$10M is impressive, and those dollars started with beekeepers and grower’s own donations- which were- and still are- a critical vote of confidence. When PAm approaches sponsors, our support from commercial beekeepers and beekeeping clubs shows our connection to the industry. Focus and solution-oriented work continues to attract funds from partners and corporations who want sustainable supply chains and resource management, and brands who know consumers care about giving back to bees. It’s you, our supporters, who made such successful fundraising possible.
By: National Honey Board
The National Honey Board is excited to celebrate Project Apis m. surpassing its milestone goal of raising $10 million to fund research to improve honey bee health. As an organization that is focused on providing resources to those whose lives directly depend on the bees, Project Apis m. has spent the last 16 years bringing together farmers, researchers, and government agencies to achieve their mission of sustainability within the beekeeping and agricultural industry.
Each year, National Honey Board designates 5 percent of its annual revenue to production research, and that money is managed by Project Apis m. To date, NHB has funded more than $3 million in research studies.
“Project Apis m. has been a great partner to the National Honey Board. Their expert advice and deep understanding of the science behind bee health has been invaluable in advising our board on how to best utilize our funds for research that is practical and applicable immediately for beekeepers.” -Margaret Lombard, CEO, National Honey Board
By: Dr. Kaira Wagoner, Researcher at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and former PAm-Costco Scholar
My lab may be on the verge of a huge breakthrough – use of brood pheromones to enable precise and rapid selection of Varroa and disease resistant bees - and Project Apis m. (PAm) provided support critical to this success. It started with a Ph.D. project related to hygiene communication. At the time, the focus of the research community seemed to be on hygienic adults – their superior sense of smell and how this enhanced perception was modulated in the honey bee brain. But what exactly was it they were smelling? We decided to find out.
By: Gene Brandi, of Gene Brandi Apiaries, and founding Board Member of Project Apis m.
I remember it well when Christi Heintz and Dan Cummings approached me with the idea of establishing a nonprofit organization which could fund honey bee research. This was in 2006 at the Windmill Inn Hotel, Tucson, Arizona where we were meeting with scientists from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center. I thought establishing such an organization was a great idea which was sorely needed given all the problems with which beekeepers were dealing and I agreed to become a member of the Board of this new organization which would be known as Project Apis m.
Project by project, PAm helps address the bee health questions of today while helping beekeepers prepare for the future. Across the U.S. and Canada, recently funded projects are beginning on topics ranging from Varroa and viral diseases to drought-tolerant bee forage.
By: Karen Rennich, founding Executive Director of BIP, current UMD Program Manager, and Anne Marie Fauvel, BIP Technical Transfer Team Coordinator
In January 2011, two remarkable partnerships were born. The USDA approved grant funding for what would become the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) and so began a frantic year assembling the team across 8 universities, launching our first Loss and Management survey, and talking to many commercial beekeepers about the services they needed. Since we would not be formally recognized as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit until 2014, we asked Project Apis m., just a fledgling nonprofit herself but akin to our big sister, to purchase the BIP website domain name (BeeInformed.org, the same one we still use) and to initially host the website before it even went live. Later that year, PAm generously agreed to serve as our first fiscal sponsor - a very crucial step along the path for a rookie non-profit. Then, and now, we have always considered PAm as a sister organization and they have encouraged us, supported us, and been pivotal in our collaborative efforts.
Project Apis m. is seeking a Development Manager to join our team! Below are the details of the position, and you can download a copy of the position announcement HERE. Help us get the word out!
Honey bees help ensure the supply of diverse and affordable food such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, through essential pollination services. Project Apis m. (PAm) is the go-to organization at the interface of research, honey bees, and agriculture. Since 2006, we have funded over $10 million of honey bee research and $2.9 million in forage programs, resulting in science-driven resources for bees and beekeepers. We fund projects and direct strategic efforts focused on practical questions. PAm offers graduate scholarships to develop the next generation of bee scientists and puts forage on the landscape where bees need it most through our Seeds for Bees program. We are a 501(c)5 nonprofit organization operating remotely. We are proud to be collaborative, practical, accountable, efficient, and flexible. www.ProjectApism.org
Below are a few highlights from a summer that included exciting research updates, special features in the media, unique fundraisers, and more!
Salt Lake City, Utah-August 25th 2022.
Managed honey bees in North America continue to be under increasing pressure to meet pollination demands for our food supply. At the same time, annual colony losses are high- 39% in the US in 2021, and the natural forage which gives bees healthy nutrition and a honey crop for producers is decreasing. Colony losses are often attributed to pathogens, parasites, pesticides, hive management (queen mating, genetics, maintenance), climate, and available nutrition. United States honey production in 2021 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 126 million pounds, down 14% from 2020. Sustainable beekeeping is dependent on maximizing outputs (colony health, colony numbers, pollination contracts, honey production, profitability) while minimizing the inputs (time, money, personnel, treatments). A sustainable beekeeping industry contributes to a more sustainable agricultural landscape through a stable supply of bees for crop pollination. Therefore, PAm is requesting research proposals that focus on enhancing the health, survival, and productivity of honey bee colonies, which provide practical and tangible solutions to the beekeeping industry.
The funding sponsor for these proposals is the National Honey Board (NHB), with Project Apis m. (PAm) administering the proposal, funding process, and accountability. PAm administers several other initiatives with funding from many sources, including corporate sponsors, private donations, and grants. Past proposals received and funded by PAm and NHB reflect a similar focus on supporting the industry.
The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing, and promotional programs. Project Apis m. is the largest non- governmental, nonprofit honey bee research organization in the USA. Established by beekeepers and almond growers in 2006, PAm has infused over $10 million into bee research to provide beekeepers with healthier bees resulting in better pollination and increased crop yields.
Read or download the full RFP, including funding priority areas, and application instructions here.
This summer, Project Apis m. accepted applications for the PAm-Costco Canada Scholarship Awards for Honey Bee Health. These scholarships are for PhD students tackling research that has real and practical impacts on the sustainability of honey bee health, honey production and crop production.
Investing in applied research remains a high priority across North America as annual losses continue to squeeze beekeeping operations in the states, and as beekeepers in Canada are currently recovering from exceptionally high losses from the 2021-22 winter.
We are excited to announce the two newest awardees of this scholarship: Ana María Quiroga Arcila, and Tracey Smith, and warmly welcome them to the PAmily!