Canadian Bee Research

Funding Opportunities

Canadian Bee Research Fund

The Canadian Bee Research Fund (CBRF) was established to counteract the problems caused by severe reductions in federal and provincial funding for honey bee research. It is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and the Canadian Honey Council. The Board of Directors is comprised of four members, two from CAPA and two from CHC. The Canadian Honey Council takes direction from the CBRF board of directors and administers the fund as required.

The CBRF has been set up as a long-term endowment fund that is entirely supported by donations from the apiculture industry and other private donors. To ensure the sustainability of this fund, only the generated interest is made available annually to support specific research projects. The CBRF is a unique partnership between CAPA researchers and CHC members to ensure that beekeepers direct the type of research that they want to support.

Application-Guidelines-for-Canadian-Bee-Research-Fund – 2023

Contributions can be made by clicking on the “donate” button using credit card or Paypal.

AS Atwal Graduate Scholarship in Bee Research ($5000)

The AS Atwal Graduate Scholarship in Bee Research is made possible by a generous gift from the Kapoor Singh Siddoo Foundation and supports a graduate student at a Canadian university working on bees, preferably honey bees.


Send application documents, via email, by Dec 15 to:

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Chairperson CBRF

Save Our Bees

Bee health is a  growing public concern and more and more attention is being put on finding solutions to mitigate losses. According to the Canadian Association of Provincial Apiculturists statement on honey bee losses in Canada:

The national winter loss, including non-viable bee colonies, was 45.5% with provincial losses ranging from 15.3% to 57.2%. The overall national colony loss reported in 2022 is almost twice than the average reported losses since 2007 (25.8%). Despite these reported annual losses, through the hard work of beekeepers replacing dead and weak colonies and making increases, Statistics Canada reports that the total national colony count has increased by 37.5% during the period between 2007 and 2021.The level of winter loss varied among provinces, regions within each province and from beekeeper to beekeeper within each region.

We don’t think about the tiny honeybee very often. But it’s quickly making big headlines around the world! The honeybee is the cornerstone of the environment and is critical to our food supply around the world. Your help is needed to help our pollinators. Corporate and individual donations are very much appreciated …  and we need you to help Save Our Bees.  All funds (100%) donated to Save our Bees are deposited into the Canadian Bee Research Fund, a registered charity that distributes funds for bee health research.

We encourage you to to learn more and help get behind this important initiative. Contributions can be made by clicking on the “donate” button using credit card or Paypal.

Save Our Bees — be part of history!