The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment is a university-level research institute designed to support faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. 


ISCE's five research focus areas include:

  • Global Issues Initiative: international policy questions in areas such as trade and economic integration, global security, counter-terrorism, and public health
  • Human Development and Health:
    • Human Development: individual development within the context of the family, community, such as schools, and society, such as diverse cultures
    • Social and Behavioral Health: physical, mental, and environmental health influences on quality of life of individuals, families, and communities, including the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address major public health concerns
  • Social Complexity, Risk, and Resilience: applied ethics, risk analysis, disaster management, ecosystem impact
  • Rhetoric, Representation, and Public Humanities: the transformative effects of technology on society, new media, and communication technologies, language and symbolic systems, and human creativity and technology
  • Community Arts, Built Environment, and Urban Formations: symbolic thinking and practical environments


CSR Has Posted Webinar Videos for New NIH Applicants

New R01 grant applicants can now view the fall 2015 "Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review" webinars online. These webinars were designed to provide useful insights into the application submission and peer review processes. Presentations include:

  • The Review of Your NIH Grant Application Begins Here
  • What You Need to Know about Application Receipt and Referral
  • How Your Application Is Reviewed
  • Key Things to Know About the NIH Grants Program
  • Jumpstart Your Career with CSR’s Early Career Reviewer Program (Only in the R01 Webinar)

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Faculty Spotlight

Jungmeen Kim-Spoon's reseach on risk decision-making and substance use in adolescents



Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine  2016 Summit, Washington, DC.  “Smart and Connected Health:  Precision Meets Possibility” Friday, November 18:

Registration is necessary but there is no fee and lunch is provided.  Poster session and reception on the Thursday night before (Nov. 17).


The latest issue of the Center for Scientific Review peer review notes offers a new form to help guide the assignment and review of your application and a new advice video for applicants.