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


Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

Posted on June 30, 2016 by NIH Staff

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. The CSR video – linked below – is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants page.


New “All About Grants” Podcast on How to Use the New Assignment Request Form

Posted on June 30, 2016 by NIH Staff

In the latest NIH All About Grants podcast, we talk to Dr. Cathie Cooper, Director of the Division of Receipt and Referral at NIH’s Center of Scientific Review, about how you can influence the assignment of your application to a particular study section for peer review, or to a particular NIH Institute or Center for funding consideration. Check out “Using the PHS Assignment Request Form” (mp3) (transcript), as well as other podcast episodes on our All About Grants page or via our podcast RSS feed.

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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.