In order to increase the impact of toxicology on public health, SOT is intensifying its efforts to reach out to scientists from developing countries to encourage them to share research and engage with a global audience.
Global Initiatives Funds
A significant component of the SOT constituencies comes from outside the US. Furthermore, many of the issues and opportunities SOT confronts are global in nature. To further its responsibility as a global organization, SOT has established goals to 1) provide opportunities for discussion of issues of global importance in a variety of venues, 2) stimulate interactions between colleagues with different perspectives and expertise on global issues, 3) partner with other international scientific societies and public health-based organizations to more effectively establish a global toxicology agenda, and 4) organize international workshops, satellite meetings, and other mechanisms to help reach a common understanding on important global health issues for policymakers and the public. The goal of SOT is to advance human health and disease prevention.
As part of its strategy to foster its global initiatives, SOT has made available $20,000 to support activities consistent with the above goals. These funds are available to support the efforts of Regional Chapters (RC), Specialty Sections (SS), and Special Interest Groups (SIG) to develop global initiatives. SOT will fund proposals up to $4,000. SOT encourages proposals that 1) represent collaborations between SOT component groups and/or committees, or other non-SOT toxicology organizations (e.g., IUTOX, Japanese Society of Toxicology) and 2) that include a 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, or October 1).
The Global Initiative Funds proposals should include the following information:
- Sponsoring RC, SS, SIG, and SOT Committees;
- Topic/Title of program, session, or other initiative;
- A statement of no more than 250 words explaining the relevance of the proposed activity to SOT’s strategic vision of creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology;
- Name of partnering organization (e.g., IUTOX, Japanese Society of Toxicology);
- Featured speaker(s) and presentation titles;
- Location of program or session;
- Date of program or session;
- Expected attendance or participation;
- Brief rationale for who would benefit from the session; and
- Proposed itemized budget indicating how SOT funds will be allocated.
To be competitive for support, program proposals should be of such merit that they would be competitive for selection for presentation at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. Session proposals should be focused on an important toxicological issue, be balanced around any controversial topics, be timely, be complete as possible with regards to coverage of relevant topics, and should involve leading/experts in the field.
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 2012–2015.
- Serves as a forum for novel discoveries and approaches related to toxicology.
- Fosters the integration of subdisciplines that support the evolution of toxicology.
- Strengthens partnerships with scientific and health-based organizations.
- Increases the visibility of the Society of Toxicology and SOT Members as scientific leaders and resources.
- Communicates benefit of toxicology to the general public.
- Attracts, retains, and develops scientific leaders.
- Enhances mechanisms for smaller group engagement.
- Builds bridges to connect diverse groups.
If these funds are being used to support or participate in a meeting, please comply with the requirements on the list below:
- Use of SOT’s name on promotional materials.
- Highlighted announcement on SOT’s upcoming meeting web page.
- One-time use of the SOT mail list, which is implemented through the Science News Alert sent as a broadcast email to all SOT Members.
- Reciprocal one-time use of mail list.
- Link to SOT Annual Meeting website.
- Provide SOT with the list of meeting attendees with their full contact information.
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.
Requests for Global Initiative Funds should be sent to: Society of Toxicology, 1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190-5348. Tel: 703.438.3115, Fax: 703.438.3113, or Email: Kevin Merritt.
Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program
The Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program funds two mid-career to senior Scholar toxicologists from Developing Countries to attend the SOT Annual Meeting 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 will in turn visit the Scholar’s institution. The primary goal is to increase toxicology capacity in developing countries by providing professional opportunities for scientists through relationships supported by SOT. The Scholars who are selected are expected to build on this opportunity by strengthening toxicology within their universities and countries. After selection of Scholars, applications will be received from potential Hosts with interests matching those of the selected Scholars. The program provides up to $15,000 for each pair, with up to $10,000 travel support for the Senior Scholar and $5,000 for the Host. Support is not provided for equipment, laboratory supplies, or renovations to current facilities.
International ToxScholar Outreach Grants
The International ToxScholar Outreach Grants (formerly named Global Toxicology Scholar) send toxicologists to institutions in developing nations outside of North America. The Education Committee will support travel costs for campus visits by a professional toxicologist to increase 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. Application for matching support from SOT’s Global Initiatives Funds, the appropriate SOT Special Interest Group, employers, and/or academic institutions involved is encouraged. Deadline: October 16, 2013.
SOT/AstraZeneca/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Award
The Society of Toxicology and AstraZeneca sponsor travel fellowships administered by IUTOX. Awards will be available to senior scientists from a country where toxicology is underrepresented to assist with travel to attend the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting.
For the SOT 2013 Annual Meeting, the Global Activities Fund (formerly known as the International Activities Fund) sponsors two travel fellowships administered by IUTOX.
More information is available on the IUTOX website under Activities/Grants and Fellowships.
Membership Dues Discounts
Throughout the Year Scientists from Developing Countries Receive:
- Discounted SOT Membership dues
- Scientists: $50
- Students and Postdoctoral Fellows: $10
Developing Countries members receive at no cost:
- One Special Interest Group membership—SOT Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are for members with common ethnicity, country of origin, or gender and promote discussion among toxicologists on issues germane to their community. SIGs can also act as an interface between the country’s toxicology community and SOT.
- One Specialty Section membership—Specialty Sections are groups of members sharing similar disciplinary interests.
- Online access to SOT journal Toxicological Sciences.
Students and Postdocs from Developing Countries may request Dues Assistance
- Toxicologists are active in areas of the world where even reduced SOT dues payments may present a technical or financial challenge. Applicants for membership can request dues assistance on their membership application.
For more details and a full list of eligible countries, please see the Developing Countries Flyer.
Continuing Education (CEd-Tox) Online Courses
Throughout the year, SOT members from eligible developing countries can take advantage of over 30 continuing education courses that are available online. Most of the courses run approximately three and a half hours and are divided into a brief introduction followed by appropriately four, 45-minute segments that can be viewed individually. There are English transcriptions for many courses and listeners have the option of stopping the tape and reading the transcript for additional clarity.
Toxicology fundamentals are explained in ToxLearn, a web-based learning tool provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the Society of Toxicology.
Introduction to Toxicology Presentation Slides
SOT provides introductory toxicology slides that can be downloaded and adapted for presentations introducing toxicology and careers in toxicology.