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Fostering Interdisciplinary, Translational Research

Connecting faculty in the social sciences to address human and societal concerns that impact people and places

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Check out the latest Virginia Tech COVID-19 Updates


ISCE Bridge Support Available for COVID-19 Proposals

During these unprecedented times, there is a need for research to understand individual and community responses to COVID-19.  Avenues for doing so
include the NSF RAPID Response mechanism or other similar federal or private foundation opportunities. Faculty who have received a “green light” from
a funding agency for a COVID-19 proposal may be eligible for limited bridge funding from ISCE for up to $5,000. Click here for details.

As one of Virginia Tech's research investment institutes, ISCE supports innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research that addresses critical human and societal concerns impacting the lives of people and places. 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
  • Community and Built Environments: urban formations; rural settings; home environments; policy implementation and evaluation