SOT Awards

Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant

Deadline: April 8

SOT has identified the recruitment and retention of undergraduate students in toxicology as an important strategic goal. This is in alignment with the need to recruit students into professional careers in the discipline. Undergraduate research is an important tactic in achieving this strategic goal. This program will support about four faculty grants (up to $1500 each) for training of undergraduate students through a toxicology-based research experience. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee.

An applicant may apply for both the Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant and the Undergraduate Faculty Development Grant at the same deadline, but no applicant will receive both in the same year.


  • Grantee will be a SOT Full Member, Associate Member, or have a completed membership application submitted for Full or Associate membership. Confirmation of acceptance of the application and dues payment will be required for grant disbursement.
  • Grantee must be a faculty member whose time is dedicated to mentoring undergraduate students. To be eligible, grantees must
    1. teach undergraduates in the classroom (where they are the instructor of record for at least one undergraduate course per year), and
    2. mentor at least one undergraduate in their research lab each year.

      Faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions (as defined by NSF*) are especially encouraged to apply.

*…PUIs are accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and/or Master's degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer PhD/DSci degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years.

Optimal candidates will:

  • Currently serve as junior faculty (pre-tenure)
  • Have a robust plan for recruitment of students from historically underrepresented populations
  • Not have previously received an Undergraduate Faculty Grant

Important elements contributing to a successful Faculty Research Grant application include:

  • Evidence that this grant will support a quality undergraduate toxicology research project that is ongoing or will be started no later than fall semester 2022
  • A plan for identifying and recruiting students who have expressed strong interest in pursuing research in the field of toxicology, including strategies known to be inclusive of historically underrepresented students and promote greater inclusivity
  • A description of follow-up activities to evaluate impact on career paths of the student(s) supported

Program Outcomes

This program will increase undergraduate participation in toxicology research, support the professional development and advancement of undergraduate toxicology faculty, thus contributing to recruitment of students to toxicology.

Award Group: SOT