CBOT Project Criteria

Chicago Zoological Society

Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund


The Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund will consider projects 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).

  • If not endangered does this study intend to collect data for identifying the status of a potentially endangered or threatened species, or Is the study species used as a model for a threatened or endangered species and if so, please specify how the study will increase conservation efforts.Priority will be given to projects demonstrating critical need for the species or habitat, and that are likely to provide good, immediate results.
  • Is the species (and possibly study) included in a SSC Action Plans or in SSC Specialist Group recommendations, or included in an AZA/WAZA, SSP or TAG recommendation. Projects that have been specifically identified in published or nearly published Action Plans take priority.
  • Has the conservation significance, impact and outcome of the study been identified and stated?
  • Is there any other commentary on the nature of threat and corrective action?
  • Is the study, education plan, or other action proposed sound in respect to what is known about the species/habitat/people?
  • Is there sound methodology in the proposal?Are the project principals experienced?
  • Projects funded are ones that will assist directly in the protection of populations of threatened and endangered species and that quantitatively assess population and environmental status with indications of best conservation strategy.
  • Projects that assist in achieving sustainable relations between local people and the species of concern as well as the development of educational materials, communications projects and training of local people that promote these aims are very welcome components of projects. Capacity-building aspects should be included in any proposal.
  • Strict biological research projects are not a priority for this fund unless there can be a direct application of the results.
  • Workshops for critical situations may be supported but the CBOT Committee is not inclined to support less focused discussions of zoo and conservation groups.

 The CBOT Committee encourages local scientists and conservationists as project leaders.  We also recognize that certain conservation expertise and training is provided by Western scientists and resource managers.  However, travel from U.S. and Europe to field sites in developing countries will not be funded, but travel within target countries will be considered.  There is the expectation that some kinds of equipment will be standard and will already be in the possession of qualified investigators.