This application process is for projects that contribute to an academic qualification higher than a Master’s degree and research carried out by qualified researchers from other zoos or institutions.

Please read the Chester Zoo Research Policy carefully and then download the relevant application documents below.

Please follow the guidance carefully and ensure that the forms are completed accurately as incomplete forms will not be processed.
Add signatures onto the form (not typed) and send to
There is no requirement to send hard copies in the post.
By signing the form you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions explained in the Research Policy.

NB Projects supported by BIAZA/EEP/TAG are more likely to be approved. You are strongly recommended to receive approval before you submit an application.


Any questions?

Check our frequently asked questions about research at Chester Zoo. If these do not answer your questions, you can email

Biological Sample Requests only

Projects requiring other types of data

If you are requesting biological sample AND other data (e.g. observations, interviews) please complete both forms.

We aim to assess applications within four weeks of receipt. The review process may be longer depending on the number of projects under review at any given time.

As soon as the review process has been completed you’ll receive an email letting you know the outcome of your proposal. If your proposal is approved and you require access to the zoo, a form to issue your Research Pass (current cost £40) will be also be sent for you to complete.

We strongly recommend you apply well in advance.