Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

IUTOX Merit Award

The IUTOX Merit Award is presented to an individual at the triennial International Congress of Toxicology (ICT) in recognition of a long and distinguished career in the international toxicology community. Candidates with significant achievements in academia, public service or industry may be nominated for their contributions that have strengthened the field of toxicology. The award consists of a plaque, waived meeting registration, two tickets to the gala dinner and a $1,000 cash stipend.

Merit Award application

Merit Award Recipients

ICT Awards: 2016 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Curtis D. Klaassen, winner of the 2016 IUTOX Merit Award.

IUTOX is proud to add the 2016 Merit Award to the long list of awards Dr. Klaassen has been honored with by numerous national and international organizations.

Dr. Klaassen joined the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas in 1968 where he spent over 45 years holding numerous positions including University Distinguished Professor as well as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics He received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 1968.

Dr. Klaassen’s research interests have centered on how we adapt to chemicals in the environment. Studies have included the regulation of xenobiotic transporters by nuclear receptors, age, and the intestinal microbiome; the mechanism of tolerance to cadmium toxicity by metallothionein; the importance of the transcription factor Nrf2 in protecting against the hepatotoxicity of chemicals; and mechanisms of chemical-induced thyroid tumors. He has published approximately 525 peer-reviewed articles and more than 80 review articles and chapters for books. Google Scholar indicates that he has an H factor of 101, which indicates that 101 of his publications have been cited more than 101 times.

As a leader in toxicology education, Dr. Klaassen has trained over 120 PhD and Postdoctoral students, and so far three have been elected President of SOT and four received the Achievement Award from SOT. He is editor of Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons since 1980, and was author of the toxicology section of Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics from 1980 to 2005. He is Founder (1980) and Course Director of the Mid-America Toxicology Course, an annual postgraduate course to help prepare toxicologists for board examination, and has presented over 450 lectures around the world.

Dr. Klaassen has served the toxicology community by being the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Toxicological Sciences, the new journal of SOT. He was associate editor of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for 24 years and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology for 10 years. He also served on numerous national and international committees. Dr. Klaassen was elected by his peers to many national and international offices in toxicology, including President of the Society of Toxicology (USA) in 1990–1991, as well as President of the International Union of Toxicology (1992–1995). He was also President of the Seventh International Congress in Toxicology in 1995 held in Seattle, Washington.

ICT Awards: 2013 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, winner of the 2013 IUTOX Merit Award.

IUTOX was proud to present Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol to receive its highest honor, the Merit Award, during the Opening Ceremony of ICTXIII in Seoul on Sunday, June 30, 2013. With this award, the IUTOX Executive Committee is proud to recognize numerous contributions to the development of toxicology and risk assessment training programs in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in South East Asia. IUTOX also recognizes Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol’s seminal role in the establishment and development of the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok and significant work in the field of environmental toxicology, which led to the establishment of a UNEP Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Industrial Toxicology at CRI. IUTOX also applauds and honors the tireless efforts to provide advanced educational opportunities in the region by creating the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, and developing long distance learning tools to make risk assessment coursework available to students and scientists in developing countries.

ICT Awards: 2010 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Torbjörn Malmfors, winner of the 2010 IUTOX Merit Award.

Torbjörn Malmfors is the recipient of the 2010 IUTOX Merit Award in recognition of his significant international contributions to the field of toxicology. An expert in risk assessment, he has shared his knowledge and provided tremendous leadership through his teaching, writing and research in many parts of the world. Of special note is his years long leadership of RASS where he expertly led the effort to train and mentor several hundred toxicologists in the practice of risk assessment. Dr. Malmfors served as an Executive Councilor of IUTOX for six years and as Treasurer for three years. He led the Swedish Society of Toxicology as President and served as Secretary General of the Federation of European Societies of Toxicology. In his own words taken from the History of IUTOX he authored in 2007, Torbjörn talked about IUTOX as something with which he’d been involved for a very long time and which is close to his heart. IUTOX returns that affection to Torbjörn with gratitude for his years of dedication and service to toxicologists around the world. It is with great pleasure that IUTOX presents its 2010 Merit Award to Torbjörn Malmfors.

ICT Awards: 2007 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Tetsuo Satoh, winner of the 2007 IUTOX Merit Award.

Professor Tetsuo Satoh is the recipient of the 2007 IUTOX Merit Award in recognition of his significant international contributions to the field of toxicology. Professor Satoh has had a long and prestigious career as one of the leaders of the science of toxicology in Japan and the whole Asia, as well as internationally. He has had a long and meritorious academic carrier in a number of leading academic institutions in Japan. In addition, Professor Satoh has served IUTOX in numerous positions including Vice President and Acting Vice President, Membership Chair, and a member of several committees and task forces. Professor Satoh was the first Chair of the International Assembly for the Recognition of Toxicologists. In addition, Professor Satoh has organized a number of important international scientific congresses including several sponsored by IUTOX, ASIATOX, as well as the Japanese Society of Toxicology. It is with great pleasure that IUTOX presents its 2007 Merit Award to Tetsuo Satoh.

ICT Awards: 2004 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Iain Purchase, winner of the 2004 IUTOX Merit Award.

Professor Iain F.H. Purchase, Wilmslow, United Kingdom, was given the prestigious IUTOX Merit Award during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Toxicology in Tampere, Finland last July. This award was presented to him for his international contributions to the development of toxicology.

Iain Purchase was trained as a veterinarian in South Africa and received his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1964. His main affiliation during his long and outstanding professional career was with the ICI/Zeneca Central Toxicology Laboratory in Macclesfield, where he was Director 1981–98. Since 1998 he has been a visiting professor at the University of Manchester.

Professor Purchase has published over 170 papers in fields relating to toxicology and ethics. His investigations have been principally related to the identification of chemical carcinogens and the assessment of risk of exposures to them. He has especially been engaged in deploying in vitro methods based on the concern about ethical matters related to the use of animals.

Iain Purchase has been a member of several national and international scientific advisory committees relating to research, carcinogens in foods and animal procedures. He has received numerous scientific and honorary awards, including the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1998. Iain Purchase is also recognized for being chairman of the British Toxicology Society and a very successful President of IUTOX during 1995–98.

ICT Awards: 2001 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to José Castro, winner of the 2001 IUTOX Merit Award.


ICT Awards: 1998 Merit Award Recipient

Congratulations to Seymour Friess, winner of the 1998 IUTOX Merit Award.


IUTOX ICT Travel Awards

IUTOX will provide travel awards to junior and senior scientists attending ICTXV in Honolulu, Hawaii from July 15–18, 2019.  All travel fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Senior toxicologists need to show more than ten years of experience either working on an active research program or actively practicing as a toxicologist and junior scientists will need to show less than ten years of experience either working on an active research program or actively practicing as a toxicologist. The ICTXV organizers will waive the meeting registration fee for up to 40 fellowship recipients. Electronic submission is accepted. Fellowship winners from 2014 and later are not eligible to apply.

ICTXV Travel Award Application 
List of Eligible Developing Countries

TEF Dixon Award

The Toxicology Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the Robert L. Dixon International Travel Award to support a graduate student interested in attending the 15th International Congress of Toxicology (ICTXV). The IUTOX Congress is being hosted by the Society of Toxicology from July 15–18, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Robert L. Dixon Award application process is open to graduate students from all over the world studying reproductive/developmental toxicology. One student will be awarded a stipend of $2,000 to support travel costs to attend the triennial ICT meeting. An application form and more information may be found at the TEF website.

The Robert L. Dixon Award was established in memory of Robert L. Dixon (SOT President 1982–1983) as a tribute to his dedication to the field of toxicology and student training.

Member Society Awards

SOT/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Award

Administered by IUTOX, travel awards are offered to individuals from developing countries to allow them to attend the SOT Annual Meetings. Applications for the 2019 SOT/SOT Endowment Fund/IUTOX Travel Award must be received no later than October 9, 2018. If you are either a previous IUTOX/SOT/SOT Endowment Fund Travel Award winner or an ICT, CTDC or risk assessment course travel award winner for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018, you are NOT eligible to apply for the IUTOX/SOT/SOT Endowment Fund Travel Award. Awardees will be notified in November 2018 and awards will be issued at the 2019 SOT Annual Meeting.

Applications available each July.

Application form

SOT Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program

Toxicologists who are in Developing Countries may apply for the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program. SOT sponsors specific collaborations between selected mid-career to senior Scholars from academic institutions in developing countries and SOT Member Hosts from established academic, government, and industry toxicology programs worldwide. The Scholar will attend the 2018 Annual Meeting to present work and establish scientific networks and then spend up to four weeks at the Host’s institution. The goal is to improve toxicology education and training at the Scholar’s university. Hosts are recruited after selection of the Scholars to match toxicology interests. Scholar applications are due June 15. The host application deadline will be September 15.

SOT International ToxScholar Outreach Grants

Applications are due each year on May 1 and October 9, for International ToxScholar Grants. Funding of up to $1,250 is available from SOT for toxicologists to visit institutions in Developing Countries to expand awareness of toxicology and promote toxicology careers through interaction of toxicologists with undergraduate and graduate students. A letter from the contact at the institution to be visited is required. Examples of previously funded visits are found on the International ToxScholar Grants web page.

The American College of Toxicology’s Awards

North American Graduate Fellowships—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1
International Travel Grants—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1
North American Travel Grants (Formerly Student Travel Award)—Opens April 1. Deadline to Apply: June 1

More information about the American College of Toxicology


Other Award Announcements

In collaboration with UNESCO and a number of centres of excellence in the South, TWAS has instituted a Joint Associateship Scheme to enable competent researchers from the South to visit these centres regularly. An associate is appointed for three years during which he/she can visit a Centre twice for research collaboration. Over 100 centres have been selected to participate in the Scheme. TWAS provides travel support for the associates and a contribution towards subsistence costs up to US $300.00 per month while living expenses are covered by the host centres.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. The selection of associates is highly competitive; appointments are made on the basis of merit. Special consideration is given to scientists from isolated institutions in developing countries.

Appointments have a fixed duration of three years. During this time, the associate is entitled to visit the host centre twice, for a period of 2 to 3 months each time. Subject to the availability of funds, the appointment may be renewed for a further 3-year term.

The Associateship covers the associate’s travel expenses and a monthly contribution of US $300 towards incidental local expenses. The host centre covers accommodation and food, and provides the research facilities.

Applications for TWAS Associateships should include:

  • completed application form (see below);
  • curriculum vitae
  • applicant’s full list of publications.
  • letters of recommendation must be submitted separately to TWAS by two referees, one of whom should be an expert from another country.

The application and more information may be found online. Applications must reach the TWAS Secretariat by 1 December of each year at the following address:

TWAS Associateships
ICTP Campus
Strada Costiera 11
Trieste 34014 Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240330
Fax: +39 040 224559
or Email