Research & News

As part of its activity and objectives, BDI funds research into the causes of bee diseases. By pooling a proportion of member subscriptions, BDI is funding greater understanding of the diseases it insures against. This in turn promotes good practice which aims to ultimately reduce the incidence of disease and maintain a healthy honey bee population in England & Wales.

Call for more research projects - May 2022


Research funding invitation

Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI) is inviting applications from universities and research institutions in the UK and Europe for projects which address current concerns in the broad area of honey bee health. BDI has available funding of up to £15,000 per annum; potentially this sum could be greater if co-funders are attracted.

Download an application form

The closing date for applications is 30 June, 2022

Please address any questions to:

BDI research officer Anne Pike: [email protected]

or BDI President Martin Smith: [email protected]


PhD studentships funding invitation

Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI) is inviting applications for financial support for three PhD studentships from universities and research institutions in the UK and Europe, each at £4,000 pa for four years. Potentially, this sum could be greater if co-funders are attracted.

Projects must address current concerns in the broad area of honey bee health. Supervisors must have relevant experience and institutions should be suitably equipped to undertake the work and support the student.

The closing date for applications is 30 June, 2022

Please address any questions to:

BDI research officer Anne Pike: [email protected]

or BDI President Martin Smith: [email protected]


Researchers are invited to contact to BDI research officer Anne Pike: [email protected] informally if they wish before submitting an application.