CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund

CBOT

Promoting Conservation, Protecting Species

Now Accepting New Proposals!


The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation-oriented research. The grant attracts dozens of innovative research projects each quarter, and the most promising of these are awarded funding.

The Chicago Zoological Society CBOT Endangered Species Fund is now accepting new proposals for the second round of applications in 2016. The deadline for the online application and letter of endorsement is Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Please note the new CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund online proposal submission process. Please review the guidelines and criteria in linked documents below. Only online submissions will be accepted. Individuals must submit the complete proposal at one sitting. Letters of endorsement should be sent to cbotesf@czs.org in a separate email. Please add the researcher’s name and word endorsement in the subject line of the endorsement email.

Apply for a Grant

Note: 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 and Singapore.

Limited Resubmissions

Applicants can reapply to the Fund within two (2) years of first submission. Immediate resubmissions will not be considered.

In general, the Society's CBOT Committee wishes to have grant funds applied to the following types of actions: 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; 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. Each group should select and submit only one proposal that has been ranked as the highest funding priority and endorsed by the group. The Fund will support small projects usually up to $5,000 (smaller requests will fare better).

Please see attached documents for stricter grant application format and review criteria details. Please download these documents for the full grant application format and review criteria details:

CZS Chicago Board of Trade Submission Guidelines
CZS Chicago Board of Trade Grant Criteria