The mission of the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) is to support Virginia Tech’s social sciences community by providing strategic financial support and technical assistance for innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research and scholarship that addresses critical human and societal concerns impacting the lives of people and places.
As one of the university's seven research institutes, ISCE serves the entire university, with its primary constituents being faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Science, Pamplin College of Business, and College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Thus, the range of academic disciplines, research and scholarly pursuits, and artistic endeavors that ISCE promotes and supports is broad and deep.
As one of the university's investment institutes, ISCE strategically invests in targeted research areas within the social sciences. ISCE primarily supports faculty activities that have the potential for extramural funding. In so doing, ISCE makes available financial and technical assistance that supports the development of individual faculty members and promotes participation in interdisciplinary teams.