ABF Award Applications





American Beekeeping Federation 

Request for Award Applications 


The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is offering one $2,000 award to a beekeeper with a practical beekeeping idea that is relevant to other beekeepers. We are looking to fund an individual who has developed a practical beekeeping practice OR has a practical beekeeping idea that needs funding to be developed. Examples of practical ideas include: a novel method for controlling or preventing hive beetle infestations, method of overwintering colonies, a more accurate method of sampling for varroa mites, a method of collecting colony information, a new tool, a hive design for people with disabilities, or anything else that could help other beekeepers.


There will be one $2,000 award.


Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2021 

Only the awardee will be notified by November 12, 2021 


The awardee is encouraged, but not required, to attend ABF’s January 2022 Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas. The awardee will be announced at the ABF business meeting at the 2022 conference.


Application Criteria: 



·    Must be a member of the American Beekeeping Federation. Go to abfnet.org to become a member.

·    Must be a beekeeper. Researchers, including students, may apply if you are also a beekeeper.


The awardee must write an article about their idea for the ABF’s Quarterly magazine.


Each applicant must submit the following as one PDF or Word document with their name as the file name (e.g., KatieLee.pdf):


• Applicant’s name, mailing address, email address, and phone number

• Summary of idea (1-2 sentences)

• If the idea has been completed or if it is an idea that will be developed with the award money

• One-page description of the idea for a practical beekeeping practice


All applications must be submitted by email to ABFResearchCommittee@gmail.com no later than October 15, 2021. Please use the subject line: 2021 Award Application.


Applications will be reviewed by a panel and the funds awarded based on the practicality and feasibility of the idea. The award recipient will be selected and notified by November 12, 2021. One application per person is allowed. You may work as part of a team, like a beekeeping club, with an ABF member applying for the award. Anyone interested in seeking a patent for their idea should apply for the patent prior to submission to avoid invalidating the patent application.


For questions or additional information, contact ABFResearchCommittee@gmail.com.


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