Humboldt Penguins at Brookfield Zoo

Promoting Conservation, Protecting Species

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.

Accepting New Proposals: CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund

Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014
(early submissions welcome)

Please note the new CZS CBOT Endangered Species Fund online proposal submission process. Please review the guidelines and criteria in linked documents.

Only online submissions will be accepted. Apply online here: must submit the complete proposal at one sitting. Letters of endorsement should be sent to in a separate email. Please add the researcher’s name and word endorsement in the subject line of the endorsement email.

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.

The Chicago Zoological Society is soliciting new proposals for the Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund.

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: