Chicago Zoological Society: CBOT Endangered Species Fund Grant

Chicago Zoological Society

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 27, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 30, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Africa; Antarctica; Central America; Eastern Europe; South America Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation-oriented research. 

The CZS Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund will consider proposals for a specific threatened, vulnerable or endangered species or a specific habitat that is of high biological value or that is substantially threatened (IUCN Red List Status).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In general, the CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund Committee wishes to have grant funds applied Projects that will assist directly in the protection of:
    • populations of threatened and endangered species; OR
    • a specific habitat that is of high biological value or that is substantially threatened (IUCN Red List Status).
  • This includes projects that will:
    • quantitatively assess population and environmental status with indications of best conservation strategy;
    • help achieve sustainable relations between local people, and the species of concern.
  • If not projects are not about endangered species,
    • the study intends to collect data for identifying the status of a potentially endangered or threatened species; or
    • the study species is used as a model for a threatened or endangered species and the study will increase conservation effort.
  • Grants are open to SSC Specialist Group Chairs and Officers, AZA/WAZA Chairs and Officers, and all interested researchers.
  • All proposals should be endorsed by:
    • the chairs of the group or committee of the appropriate IUCN Species Survival Committee, OR
    • other major, internationally known, conservation organization, OR
    • an AZA/ WAZA group, committee or other major zoo organization. 
  • There is the expectation that some kinds of equipment will be standard and will already be in the possession of qualified investigators.
  • Travel within target countries will be considered for funding.


  • The development of educational projects and training that assist in building local conservation capacity are given higher priority.
  • Priority will be given to projects demonstrating critical need for the species or habitat, and that are likely to provide good, immediate results.
  • Projects that have been specifically identified in published or nearly published Action Plans take priority
    • eg. SSC Action Plan, SSC Specialist Group recommendation, or an AZA/WAZA, SSP or TAG recommendation.
  • Smaller requests will fare better.


  • Applications are not being accepted for field research being conducted in:
    • the United States,
    • Canada,
    • Western Europe,
    • European Union,
    • Australia,
    • New Zealand,
    • Japan,
    • S. Korea,
    • Taiwan,
    • Singapore.
  • Applicants can reapply to the Fund within two (2) years of first submission. Immediate resubmissions will not be considered.
  • Travel from U.S. and Europe to field sites in developing countries will not be funded.
  • Workshops for critical situations may be supported but the CBOT Committee is not inclined to support less focused discussions of zoo and conservation groups.
  • Strict biological research projects are not a priority for this fund unless there can be a direct application of the results.
  • Immediate resubmissions will not be considered. (Applicants can reapply to the Fund within two (2) years of first submission.)

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