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    Six interdisciplinary research teams announced as 2022 ISCE Scholars
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    Supporting social science research, broadly defined, is at the heart of what the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment does. One of its primary goals is to prepare social science faculty to compete for external funds to support their research. This aim is achieved, in part, through ISCE's signature Scholars Program. Scholars, who are awarded up to $30,000 for a period of a year, typically work in interdisciplinary teams and conduct pilot studies or other preparatory research so that they are ready to apply to external funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, or private foundations as as the William T. Grant Foundation. Six new research teams will begin work in summer or fall 2021.

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    New STEP Program Bridges the Gap between Science and Decision-Making
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    The Virginia Tech Policy Destination Area launched its interdisciplinary graduate certificate program, Science, Technology and Engineering in Policy (STEP), in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. While launching the certificate under current conditions has had its challenges, COVID-19 is also making clear just how important such a certificate is for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM-H) students who are looking to work at the interface of science and policy. As part of the certificate launch and to promote conversations within the Virginia Tech community, the inaugural STEP seminar, held on April 27th to an audience of over 90 faculty and students, featured Lynn Scarlett, chief external affairs officer at The Nature Conservancy.

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Recordings & Resources Available for ISCE Spring Webinars

If you missed any of ISCE's recent events, including the presentation by Dr. Kelli Craig-Henderson of the National Science Foundation, or our webinars focused on online data collection methodologies, you can watch the recordings and check out other related resources on our Past Events page.

ISCE's COVID-19 Publication Repository Highlights Response of Social Scientists

Since April 2020, ISCE has maintained a repository of social science-oriented COVID-19 publications that are authored by or feature Virginia Tech faculty. Although ISCE is no longer actively identifying publications, faculty may still send any relevant publications to Yancey Crawford for posting. Click here to view the repository.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Research

To learn more about the impact COVID-19 on research at Virginia Tech, visit the guidance for research continuity webpage developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation or access previously posted messages for the research community.

List of COVID-19 related Funding Opportunities

OVPRI has established a website with COVID-19 related funding opportunities and are identifying ways to support faculty who submit applications.