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.
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).
The fund is not accepting applications for field research being conducted in the following countries: U.S.A. Canada, Western Europe, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Singapore.
Edited by Melanie Colón