2022 Honey Bee Research GRANTS

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking grant proposals for research devoted to finding practical solutions to honey bee health problems. Up to $200,000 will be made available during this grant process. Multiple grants may be awarded. Proposals funding partial projects and proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered.

Applicants are invited to respond to this request by submitting a proposal for the following research priorities:

  • Novel and viable Varroa mite controls
  • Understanding honey bee viruses and pathogens effects on honey bee health
  • Improving queen and drone honey bee reproductive health
  • Optimized nutrition to enhance hive health and survival

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages. Proposals must adequately explain the objective of the study, the experimental approach sufficiently detailed to allow critical evaluation of feasibility. Proposals shall include a sufficiently detailed budget to explain how funds will be spent. Principal Investigator[s] names and contact information shall be included in the proposal. Proposals shall disclose other funding sources from other entities. The NDDA does not pay overhead or indirect costs on funded research grants. A virtual presentation/interview to the review committee is scheduled for October 6, 2022.

Each grant proposal in response to this request must include the following:

A. Honey Bee Research Funding Request Form

B. A complete summary of the project including rational and how the objectives will be met

C. Detailed budget

D. Information about previous research experience and qualifications

E. Additional information that is considered pertinent and will enhance the quality of the proposal

Proposals must be received on or before September 15, 2022. Materials are below:

All Grant Proposals must be sent to:

Samantha Brunner, State Apiary Inspector
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020

OR email to bees@nd.gov

Please direct any questions to the above address or contact Samantha Brunner at (701) 328-4765.

Honey Bee Promotion/Outreach Grants

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking proposals for honey promotion and outreach projects. Multiple grants may be awarded. Proposals funding partial projects and proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered.

Requirements for funding:

  • Projects must have a direct benefit to North Dakota (ND) honey producers
  • Requesters must complete and submit all required documentation listed below

Funding requests will not be considered for the following:

  • Legislative or lobbying efforts
  • Political campaigns
  • Programs or activities that personally benefit employees of NDDA or board members of the ND Beekeeper’s Association
  • Programs or activities that directly benefit a specific individual or private business
  • Programs that do not have a direct benefit to ND honey producers or the ND beekeeping industry
  • Funding to foundations for endowments
  • Brick and mortar projects

Proposals do not have to be elaborate or lengthy, but they must adequately explain the objective of the project, the intended outcome, how objectives will be met, and the budget in sufficient detail to explain how funds will be spent. The NDDA does not pay overhead or indirect costs on funded projects. A presentation/interview may be requested from finalists.

Each grant proposal in response to this request must include the following:

A. Honey Promotion Funding Request Form

B. A complete summary of the project including rational and how the objectives will be met

C. Budget

D. Information on experience and qualifications

E. Additional information that is considered pertinent and will enhance the quality of the proposal

Proposals must be received on or before September 15, 2022. Materials are below:

All Grant Proposals must be sent to:

Samantha Brunner, State Apiary Inspector
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020

OR email to bees@nd.gov

Please direct any questions to the above address or contact Samantha Brunner at (701) 328-4765.

Honey Bee Research and Promotion Grants Contacts

Samantha Brunner

Plant Industries Division Director | State Apiary Inspector
North Dakota Department of Agriculture 600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
(701) 328-4765 sbrunner@nd.gov