CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund

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Promoting Conservation, Protecting Species

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The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation-oriented research. The Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Endangered Species Fund is now accepting new proposals for the Fall funding cycle.

Grant proposals should focus on conservation and research of specific threatened, vulnerable or endangered species or a specific habitat that is of high biological value or that is substantially threatened (IUCN Red List). This includes projects that will quantitatively assess population and environmental status with indications of best conservation strategy and projects that will help achieve sustainable relations between local people and the species of concern. The development of educational projects and training that assist in building local conservation capacity are given higher priority.

Grants are open to SSC Specialist Group Chairs and Officers, AZA/WAZA Chairs and Officers, and all interested researchers. Groups should select and submit only one proposal per funding cycle that has been ranked as the highest funding priority and endorsed by the group. Individual researchers may submit only one proposal per funding cycle. The Fund supports small projects usually up to $5,000. It should be noted that no international travel will be funded by the grant.

Grant Inquiry E-Mails
The Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Endangered Species Fund has updated its application procedure as of May 2018. We now require each applicant to submit an initial Grant Inquiry E-Mail before inviting a full proposal.

A Grant Inquiry E-Mail is required for all projects and must be submitted to  Grant Inquiry E-Mails will be reviewed within ten (10) business days following submission. If the project is approved, a full proposal will be requested.  The Grant Inquiry E-Mail must contain the following information:

  • Principal Investigators’ full name
  • Organizational or institutional affiliation
  • Indicate if you are an officer or director of IUCN, AZA or WAZA
  • Project Title
  • Request Amount
  • Full project budget and other sources of funding
  • Country or Region where the project will take place
  • Species or habitat of focus
  • Project partners
  • Brief overview of project (2,500 characters); Please include long-term conservation impact and specific threats to wildlife or habitat that your program addresses

Please note the following:

  • In order to be considered, all Grant Inquiry E-Mails must be submitted in English.
  • CBOT does not fund international travel.

For the Fall 2018 cycle, Grant Inquiry E-Mails must be submitted by July 27, 2018. CZS staff will invite full proposals within ten (10) business days of receipt.  Instructions for full proposals will be emailed with the invitation. If invited, full proposals will be due September 30, 2018.

CZS Chicago Board of Trade Project Criteria