The IPI is a joint venture between five organisations and is funded under the auspices of Living with Environmental Change, a partnership between 22 public sector organisations that fund, carry out and use environmental research.
The purpose of the IPI is to promote innovative research aimed at understanding and mitigating the biological and environmental factors that adversely affect insect pollinators.
The key aims of the IPI are:
The IPI is funded jointly by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), The Scottish Government and The Wellcome Trust. These five organisations share the common agreement that there is an urgent need for action for innovative research on insect pollinators.
The Initiative is supporting projects that aim to research the causes and consequences of threats to insect pollinators, and subsequently inform future mitigation strategies. In 2010, nine projects were announced that examine different aspects of the issue. The Urban Pollinators project is just one of these; please see information about the other projects.