As prolific pollinators, bees are essential for the success of countless plants, from crops on farm to the colorful flowers in our gardens, on every continent but Antarctica. However, they are also very sensitive to changes such as habitat loss, climate change, and pesticides.

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Oct 20, 2016

About This Grant

Bees are studied globally for their importance in pollination and food security, as indicators of their environments, and for some species' intelligent and social communities. Culturally, humans have been fascinated by honey and bees since ancient times, and beekeeping as a hobby and profession is practiced around the world.

Seven native Hawaiian bee species have recently been placed on the endangered species list, the first bees to be protected in the US. What factors are causing colony collapses? How are native species fairing? How is climate change affecting the processes and health of bees?

Any research project working on bees in any capacity is invited to submit to join the challenge! We are interested in learning more about the world of bees, and interdisciplinary projects are more than welcome. If you'd like to chat more about your idea, get in touch at

You can begin your project page and submit it using the button below. Submit by October 20th to join the challenge!

A few past successful bee-related Experiment campaigns:

Bee battles: are our native bees losing the fight for resources?

E pluribus unum: how honey bee bacteria coordinate behaviors

Patterns of bee diversity in the Madrean Sky Islands: elevational habitat gradients, isolation, and gene flow

ZomBees: Are parasites controlling the minds of honey bees?

How It Works

Challenge grants are prizes to supplement existing crowdfunding campaigns. We will accept proposals for campaigns related to bees, and all the campaigns will launch together on November 3rd, 2016. Partway through the campaigns, the project with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $500. There are two runners-up prizes of $200 each.

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