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


ISCE Scholars Program

After a successful run as a summer-only program, the ISCE Scholars Program will be offered as a 12-month award program (July-June). Its purpose is to provide faculty necessary resources to gather pilot or feasibility data in preparation for seeking external funds to support their research and scholarship. In this transition year, ISCE is accepting applications for proposal development projects that may begin in January 2017 and end in June, 2017. All applications are due by 5:00pm on November 10, 2016 to Katie Williams ( 


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 

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Faculty Spotlight

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.