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Insect pollinators initiative


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • The Scottish Government
  • The Wellcome Trust

Under the auspices of the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.

Funding total

Up to £10M over 5 years.

Number of projects we funded


List of awards

Sustainable pollination services for UK crops (PDF 238KB)

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Urban pollinators: their ecology and conservation (PDF 205KB)

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To promote innovative research aimed at understanding and mitigating the biological and environmental factors that adversely affect insect pollinators.

Key aims

  • To provide an evidence base to inform the conservation of wild insect pollinators and to improve the husbandry of managed species, in order to avoid the potentially catastrophic loss of the ecosystem services they provide
  • To provide a basis for reducing current declines and sustaining healthy and diverse populations of pollinating insects for the future

The initiative aligns with several of LWEC’s 6 strategic objectives, in particular, those concerned with the implications of:

  • Environmental change for ecosystem services (Objective B)
  • Food and water supply (Objective C)
  • Plant, animal and human health (Objective D)

Peer review panel membership

Professor John Coggins - University of Glasgow (Chair)
Dr David Aston - BBKA
Professor Tim Benton - University of Leeds
Dr Peter Campbell - Syngenta
Professor Angela Douglas - Cornell University
Dr Jeff Pettis - USDA
Professor Ingemar Fries - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Dr Jane Hill - The University of York
Professor Graham Medley - The University of Warwick
Professor Stuart Reynolds - University of Bath
Dr Susanna Sansone - EBI
Professor Robert Smith - University of Huddersfield (Retired)
Professor Mark Tatchell - Independent