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You can support honey bee research by donating to the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Fund. Eastern Apiculture Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible.

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EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Awards History

1994 Diana Sammataro and Glen Needham, Ohio State Univversity $1200
  Acarapis woodi and the effects of vegetable oil on its movements”
1994 Cynthia Scott Dupree, University of Guelph, Ontario $850
  “Potential transmission of honey bee viruses by Acarapis woodi
1995 Award: None
1996 Gard Otis, University of Guelph, Ontario $1500
  “The selection of varroa resistance in honey bees based upon the development period of all bee castes”
1996 Scott Camazine, Pennsylvania State University $1500
  “Monitoring, mapping and management of insects affecting vegetable crops”
1997 Diana Sammataro, Ohio State University $2000
  “Efficacy and effect on essential oils for controlling parasitic bee mites”
1997 Keith R. Tignor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $2000
  “Effects of Formic Acid on Honey Bee Survival and Egg-Laying Capacity”
1998 Award: None
1999 Award: None
2000 Dr. Medhat Nasr, University of Guelph, Ontario $3500
  “Evaluation of Russian Honey Bee Stock for Varroa Resistance/Economic Traits in Northern Climates”
2001 Keith Delaplane, University of Georgia $5000
  “Putting it all Together: Using IPM Strategies to keep Varroa Mites below Economic Threshold”.
2002 Mike Hood, Clemson University $5000
  “Economic Threshold of Mites”
2003 Marla Spivak and Abdullah Ibrahim, University of Minnesota $5000
  “Honey Bee Mechanisms of Resistance to Disease and the Parasitic Mite Varroa destructor
2004 Tom Webster, Kentucky State University $5000
  “Evaluation of Screened bottom broads for showing development of acaricide resistance in varroa mites”
2005 Heather Mattila and Gard Otis, Guelph University $5000
  “The effects of pollen supplements and shortages on worker bee size, protein content, symmetry and foraging ability.”
2006 Christina Grozinger & David Tarpy, North Carolina State University $5000
  “Effect of Queen mating number on supersedure rates in Honey Bees.”
2007 Tanya Pankiw, Shane Tichy, for support of Brad Metz in his PhD studies, Texas A&M University $5000
  “Semiochemical communication of larva nutritional status in the Honey Bee.”
2007 Dennis vanEnglesdorp & Diana Cox-Foster, Pennsylvania State University $5000
  “Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Research.”
2008 Juliana Rangel-Posada, Cornell University $5000
  “Swarming: how is the mass departure triggered and what determines which bees leave?”
2009 Galen Dively, Mike Embrey, and Terry Patton, University of Maryland $5000
  “Assessment of Potential Exposure Risks to Honey Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticide Use on Cucurbit Crops”
2010 Mike Goblirsch, University of Minnesota $5000
  "The Effects of Nosema ceranae Infection on Honey Bee Health."
2011 Brenna Traver and Rick Fell, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $5000
  Nosema ceranae infections in queen honey bees.
2012 Tom Seeley and J. Carter Loftus, Cornell University $5000
  Testing small hives as a management tool for producing honey bee colonies that are naturally resistant to Varroa mites.
2013 Drs. Thomas Janini and Reed Johnson, Ohio State University $5000
  Effects of Neonicotinoid/Fungicide/Adjuvant Pesticide Combinations Commonly Encountered by Honey Bees on Pumpkins
2014 Leonard Foster, Kelly Butts, Marta Guarna. Collaborator Dr. Jeffrey Pettis, USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab $5000
  "Effects of pesticides on behavioral defenses of Honeybee against pathogens"
2015 Kathleen C. Evans and Deborah Delaney, University of Delaware $6,500
  Evaluation of the late-summer splits on a varroa mite reduction and colony productivity  
2016 Kathryn Grogan and Carlyle Bewster, Virginia Tech $3,000
  "An assesment of the Direct and Indirect Effects of Factors Impacting Honey Bee Health in Virginia  
2016 Rachael E. Bonoan, Philip T. Starks & Benjamin Wolfe Tufts $7,000
  "Essential amino acids and the honey bee microbiome  
2017 Ashley St. Clair, Iowa State $10,000
  Forage and fecundity: Does apiary location affect queen quaility and brood production?  
2017 Sabrina Rondeau, Université Laval $3,000
  Integrated pest management against virroa mites: is Stratiolaelaps scimitus a promishing tool?


Download the formal Call for Proposals here.


The EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research is a competitive grant program developed from donations received from beekeepers and others interested in funding research on topical problems in honey bees.

Proposals are solicited annually with award amounts to be determined by spring before the EAS annual meeting. Requests for “seed money” to provide investigators the opportunity to collect preliminary data or as “add on” funds to combine with other funding sources to continue present research will also be considered. Requests for support for student projects (undergraduate summer employees/graduate student) or for equipment/supplies for distinct research projects are given highest priority. We welcome separate, discrete project proposals and requests that identify pieces of ongoing research programs where additional funds can accomplish an objective of a larger program. Grant funds may be used for supplies, equipment, salaries, travel, or other appropriate uses by the recipient. As a nonprofit organization, the EAS Foundation does not pay overhead on funded research grants.

There will be one (or more) awards available; the total amount available for all awards is $10,000. The award will be announced at the EAS Conference but available by May 1st. The principle investigator must present their findings at the next year's EAS Conference, and we will publicize the award to aid in solicitation of additional funds for subsequent years.

DEADLINE for application is February 1st. Additional submission details can be found below, and further inquiries can be directed to the Honey Bee Research Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Proposal Submission Criteria

  1. Proposals are welcome from any individuals conducting research on honey bees. The role the investigator will perform if awarded the funds should be clearly stated.
  2. Proposal should briefly outline the objective and a plan of work, to be completed within one year of funding, and a justification for the proposed work. If intended as “seed money,” the proposal should clearly state how the funds will enable the investigator to secure additional funding for project continuation. Proposals should not exceed five written pages in total length (double-spaced) excluding title page, budget, and résumés. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  3. Proposal must indicate how results will be disseminated if grant is funded. Investigators are encouraged to present their work to a future EAS annual meeting and through the EAS journal (in summary form) if at all possible but other funds should be used for such dissemination. An acknowledgment of EAS support should be included in any presentations or publications resulting from the research.
  4. The proposal should be arranged in the following format:
    1. a) cover page to include title, name, address, e-mail, and telephone of investigators(s) and title/affiliation of investigator
    2. justification
    3. objective(s)
    4. project description
    5. plan of work/timetable
    6. budget
    7. short (half page) résumé of each participant
    8. name of principal investigator to appear on every page of proposal (very important)
  5. Electronic copy of the proposal should be submitted by February 1st to the e-mail account, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposal Review Process
EAS will review each proposal with a three person proposal review board. One person is a member of the Board of Directors while the remaining two are researchers (the Board member may be a researcher). None of the panel will have a direct connection to any research project for which a proposal has been submitted. In cases of conflict that panel member will be excused from voting.

Evaluation of proposals will be made on the following criteria: scientific merit, relevance of the proposed project to beekeeping, reasonableness of the budget proposal to the actual work to be performed, potential for securing or adding to funding from other sources, and finally, interest of proposed research to EAS members. All funds must be expended by June 30th, and an accounting of expenditures made available to the EAS treasurer by August 1st in the year following the award.



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