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ISCE Personnel

Yancey Crawford, Associate Director of Faculty Development and Administration, is available to provide technical assistance with writing and research endeavors, including: proofreading and formatting proposals and manuscripts, serving as a liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs to develop a budget, and uploading proposals through Cayuse. She is also available to search through databases of previously funded research, coordinate team meetings, and support other proposal development activities.

Isabel Bradburn, Associate Director of Strategic and Faculty Initiatives, is available to assist faculty members with individual and complex team proposal writing ventures and facilitate the development of collaborations within the university and with external entities in support of the institute's research priorities in the social sciences.

ISCE has limited funds available for technical review and professional consultation of proposals by external experts. Interested researchers should email Karen Roberto briefly detailing their project and justifying the request.

Materials and Resources

ISCE Budget Development Worksheet: This worksheet is designed for the new or inexperienced investigator to brainstorm about budget needs prior to developing a budget through the Office of Sponsored Programs. It walks the researcher through some of the key budget categories by asking questions about potential project expenses.

Generic Research Grant Template: Provides key sections for a research propoal with questions to help determine what inforamtion goes into each section.


VT-FAST is a virtual team of faculty and staff across campus who support Virginia Tech researchers in all aspects of grant and proposal development. Their goal is to facilitate proposal preparation, formatting, and editing, thereby allowing faculty to focus more directly on their research plan. VT-FAST support ranges from single-investigator proposals to larger, more complex proposals involving teams with external partners. 

Office of Research and Innovation

The Virginia Tech Office for Research and Innovation has myriad resources related to funding and training opportunities and various kinds of assistance on its homepage and subpages. It is well worth your time to explore their website and many offerings.

  • Funding Institutional

    Funding Institutional is a single-source, web-based tool containing data on funders, funding opportunities and awarded grants, drawn from a wide range of governmental and private sources. It uses a powerful search engine to identify U.S. federal, international and foundation opportunities from over 2,900 monitored funding agencies. Users can track opportunities and receive alerts on customized searches. They can also view past awards and funder profiles. First time users will need to register on the Funding Institutional webpage before using this resource.

  • You can receive regular updates about limited submission funding opportunities at Virginia Tech by sending a request to Janet Webster.

  • Learn more and sign up for research-related training, including an introduction to the proposal submission process at Virginia Tech, how to use Summit, Virginia Tech's internal proposal and budget approval platform, and Cayuse, Virginia Tech's system for submitting federal grants.

The following units can provide assistance through different stages of the proposal process and in carrying out your research:

Resources for Interdisciplinary Research

The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) of the National Institutes on Aging offer a variety of resources for conducting cross-disciplinary research related to aging.

  • Click here to learn more about the RCCN
  • Click here to access resources including recordings of past webinars including one titled, "Jumpstart Your Research Team: Establishing Expectations and Norms to Ensure Success."

Funding Databases

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. COSSA serves as a united voice for a broad, diverse network of organizations, institutions, communities and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise.  COSSA membership is institutional and includes professional and disciplinary associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, and U.S. colleges and universities.Virginia Tech became a member in July of 2015.


The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) is a national clearinghouse on rural health issues, committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities. The RHIhub provides access to current and reliable resources and tools.