The Society of Toxicology consists of members from more than 60 countries and is dedicated to enhancing the impact and relevance of toxicology around the globe. SOT members from around the world are involved as leaders and participate in all activities of the Society. Because of the importance of supporting the discipline of toxicology everywhere, SOT has special programs for toxicologists in developing countries identified by SOT.
To further its responsibility as a global organization, SOT has established goals to:
As part of its strategy to foster its global initiatives, SOT has made available $20,000 to support activities consistent with the above goals. SOT encourages proposals that represent collaborations between SOT component groups, committees or other non-SOT toxicology organizations (e.g., IUTOX, Japanese Society of Toxicology) that also include matching funds from one of the collaboration partner groups. Matching funds are not required, but will greatly increase the competitiveness of the proposal. Proposals are competitively reviewed four times a year (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1). SOT will fund proposals up to $4,000.
Please complete the Global Initiatives Funds application and email your completed application to Kevin Merritt. Applicants are not limited to the application form and may include any additional supporting documents including letters of support, programs, and promotional materials.
Proposals should be focused on an important toxicological issue or development concern, balanced around any controversial topics, timely, complete as possible with regards to coverage of relevant topics and agenda, and should involve leading/experts in the field where possible.
Proposals also will be evaluated for funding based on one or more of the criteria below that are articulated in the Society’s Strategic Plan.
Be a forum for discussion of public and environmental health policies/issues If these funds are being used to support or develop participation in a meeting, please comply with the requirements on the list below:
If approved, initiatives will be funded up to $4,000. Honoraria are not a permitted expense. A summary report (no more than 750 words; photos welcome) is due within 30 days of the conclusion of the meeting. The report should be written so it is suitable for publication as an article in the SOT Communiqué.
This program funds two mid-career to senior scholar toxicologists from developing countries to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and spend about four weeks with one or more SOT member hosts from established toxicology programs in academic, government, or industry organization(s) worldwide. The host in turn visits the scholar’s institution.
This program sends toxicologists to institutions in developing nations to conduct campus visits and increase the awareness of educational and career opportunities in toxicology. The format of the visit (formal presentation, informal discussion, or a combination) is at the discretion of the campus host and the visitors.
These awards sponsor fellowships administered by IUTOX that assist with travel of senior scientists from countries where toxicology is underrepresented to attend the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. More information is available on the IUTOX website.
SOT will provide funding through its Sponsorship of Non-SOT Meetings program to support meetings in developing regions on topics related to toxicology and public health.
SOT offers discounted membership dues for scientists from eligible developing countries. Discounted dues for Full and Associate membership are $50; dues for Postdoctoral Scholars and Students are $10. This includes membership in one Special Interest Group (SIG) and one Specialty Section (SS). SIGs are for members with common ethnicity, country of origin, or gender and promote discussion among toxicologists on issues germane to their community and also can act as an interface between the country’s toxicology community and SOT. Specialty Sections combine members with common scientific interests. Full and Associate members qualify for free online access to SOT’s journal, Toxicological Sciences. Postdoctoral and Student members may qualify for a dues waiver through the Membership Dues Assistance Program.
Throughout the year, SOT members from eligible developing countries can take advantage of numerous continuing education courses available to them online for no fee. Most of the courses run approximately three and a half hours and are divided into a brief introduction followed by approximately four 45-minute segments that can be viewed individually. There are English transcriptions for many courses and listeners have the option to stop the audio and read the transcript for additional clarity.
Go to: CEd-Tox Courses