Yancey Crawford 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 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.


Virginia Tech

The Office of the Vice President for Research announces funding and training opportunities and various kinds of assistance on its homepage and subpages.

  • 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.

    Funding Institutional can be accessed from the Virginia Tech Office of Research and Innovation website. First time users will need to register and create a password.

The Proposal Development Resources website provides links to social sciences resources, technical and grant writing resources, the Research Development & Grant Writing News published by Academic Research Funding Strategies LLC, and other proposal development sites.

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

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has an Experts Directory.

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

See the archived ISCE announcements.


External Resources

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.


Funding Agencies


View the Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference Webcast. Topics include: Types of NSF Funding Opportunities, Proposal Preparation, Award Management, the Merit Review Process, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, and more.

Join the ISCE listserv


NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative

NIH has launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to bolster support for early-stage and mid-career investigators to address longstanding challenges faced by researchers trying to embark upon and sustain independent research careers.


Faculty Spotlight

Tina Savla's research on aging and caregivers.