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


ISCE's four thematic areas of research and scholarship include:

  • Global Issues Initiative:  global trade and economic integration; global security; public policy; counter-terrorism; public health; science policy
  • Human Development and Health: life span issues; aging issues; children, adolescents, adulthood, family, community; child and adult health behavior; social influences on health; public health; health policy
  • Risk and Resilience:  individual risk; social complexity, ethics; risk analysis; disaster management; social media and communication; technology, security; public policy
  • Built Environments: urban formations; rural settings; home environments; policy implementation and evaluation 


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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Thomas Ewing's reseach on the Spanish Flu.




The SciVal Funding service, a web-based tool that uses pre-populated user profiles to help identify funding opportunities targeted to specific interests and areas of research, is now available. 

SciVal Funding not only allows researchers to search for grant opportunities, it also provides historical data about awards and related publications. This data can be used to select opportunities that are the best fit and tailor proposals based on past success. Additionally, users can track award trends, find potential collaborators, and improve their understanding of the competitive landscape. To register with SciVal Funding, or for more information including videos and training tutorials, click here.


The family of late associate professor emeritus of biological sciences David A. West will introduce his book, “Darwin’s Man in Brazil: The Evolving Science of Fritz Müller,” from 1:30 to 3:30 on September 30 in the Fralin auditorium and atrium.


Virginia Tech has teamed with Drexel University to organize a workshop on Collaboration as Big Data Ethics. Set for Sept. 29 and 30 at the Virginia Tech Research Center ─ Arlington, the workshop will focus on building ethical data analytic practices.