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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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NIH recently  published its strategic plan for fiscal years 2016-2020: focus is on four objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years.

  1. Advance opportunities in biomedical research in fundamental science, treatment and cures, and health promotion and disease prevention
  2. Foster innovation by setting NIH priorities to enhance nimbleness, consider burden of disease and value of permanently eradicating a disease, and advance research opportunities presented by rare diseases
  3. Enhance scientific stewardship by recruiting and retaining an outstanding biomedical research workforce, enhancing workforce diversity and impact through partnerships, ensuring rigor and reproducibility, optimizing approaches to inform funding decisions, encouraging innovation, and engaging in proactive risk management practices
  4. Excel as a federal science agency by managing for results by developing the “science of science,” balancing outputs with outcomes, conducting workforce analyses, continually reviewing peer review, evaluating steps to enhance rigor and reproducibility, reducing administrative burden, and tracking effectiveness of risk management

For a copy of the plan go to:

New Vice President of Research and Innovation Announced: Theresa S. Mayer, a leading nanotechnology researcher and the associate dean for research and innovation in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been named Virginia Tech’s new vice president for research and innovation.

NIH Manuscript Collection Optimized for Text-Mining and More: NIH-supported scientists have made over 300,000 author manuscripts available on PubMedCentral (PMC) since 2008. Now, NIH is making these papers accessible to the public in a format that will allow robust text analyses. You can download the entire PMC collection of NIH-supported author manuscripts as a package in either XML or plain text formats. The collection will encompass all NIH manuscripts posted to PMC since July 2008. While the public can access the articles’ full text and accompanying figures, tables, and multimedia on the PMC website, the newly available article packages include full-text only, in a form that facilitates text-mining. NIH has developed this resource to increase the impact of NIH funding. Through this collection, scientists will be able to analyze these manuscripts, further apply the findings of NIH research, and generate new discoveries.

New NIH Podcast on Certificates of Confidentiality: All About Grants is back with a new podcast episode on certificates of confidentiality (CoCs). Dr. Ann Hardy, NIH’s human subjects research protection officer, talks about how CoCs can enhance your human subjects research, as well as protect and benefit research participants. She also explains who can apply for CoCs, and how to do so. Check out “Obtaining Certificates of Confidentiality for Your Research” (mp3) (transcript) and other episodes on the NIH All About Grants page or via our podcast RSS feed.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have jointly released, Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights, which details what is known and remaining gaps in research "about the effects of various behavioral and social factors on longevity, disability and illness, and the quality of life, primarily at the population level."

An Undergraduate Research Opportunities database is now available. Faculty members can post research opportunities, and can use the database to recruit undergraduates to help with research by specifying desired skills, knowledge, and mode of compensation (for pay, credit, voluntary), and screening and selecting top candidates.

There is an open call for proposals for a limited number of meetings and events to be held at the Virginia Tech Research Center- Arlington. Funds may be used for facilities costs, food and beverage, keynote speaker's fees and travel, etc.

Virginia Tech is now a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations.


Faculty Spotlight

Jungmeen Kim-Spoon's research on adolescent decision-making and substance use.