THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIETY, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT (ISCE) champions the fundamental role that the social sciences play in society. The social science community at Virginia Tech is broadly defined and inclusive of faculty in traditional social science disciplines and departments, faculty in behavioral and public health sciences disciplines and departments, policy and humanity scholars, and individual faculty embedded in departments not traditionally aligned with the social sciences, but whose research addresses contemporary social problems within their respective disciplines (collectively referred to as the “social sciences”).
The goals of ISCE are to increase the quality, quantity and competitiveness of the Virginia Tech research portfolio by supporting innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research that addresses critical human and societal concerns impacting the lives of people and places. The Institute leverages university funds to increase sponsored research and scholarship with a focus on issues of importance in the social sciences.
ISCE primarily supports faculty activities that have the potential for extramural funding. ISCE makes available financial and technical assistance that supports the development of individual faculty members and interdisciplinary teams. Since 2007, investment of over $7 million dollars has resulted in increased research productivity:
- 407 faculty members have received support
- 358 faculty have received technical assistance
- 774 proposals have been submitted, totaling $608.7 million
- 331 awards have been received, totaling $88.4 million
- 36 scholarly books and 365+ journal publications
ISCE focuses its resources in four thematic areas, each described below.
Global Policies & Practices
Health & Human Development
Risk & Resilience
Community & Environments
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- Technical Assistance
- Strong Internal Collaborations
- External Consultants
- Support for Speakers & Events
- Mentoring & Workshops