Building up the foundation to its full size will take some time as employees, volunteers and students have to be recruited and trained. The funding also will have to be established over time. So both from a practical as well as a financial point of view, a phased growth of the Foundation is being planned for and most realistic.
The Foundation will strive for 6 Full Time Equivalents at the end of the first year (2014) to 16 FTE in the fourth year. The 6 FTE in the first year are composed of 2 employees, 10 volunteers (equal to 2 FTE) and 2 students. In the 4th year it is planned to have 5 employees, 25 volunteers (5 FTE), 5 students and 1 PhD.
It is estimated that the 5 supporting projects will, eventually, use 2 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) each. This includes part of time of the Professional staff, input from a student and part-time input of volunteers. For the Breeding, Selection & Distribution (BrSD) project it is estimated that around 6 FTE will be needed (3 Full-time Professional staff and around 15 first echelon volunteers), bringing the total to 16 FTE.
The methodology projects, [Varroa Infestation Measuring Methods (VIMM) and Genetic Markers for Varroa Resistance (GVar)] will get the highest priority as they will enable an efficient and effective breeding program (both within as well as outside the foundation). The other 4 projects will gradually build up their resources over time.