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The mission of the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) is to enhance Virginia Tech’s capacity and status in the social sciences by catalyzing innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research and scholarship addressing critical individual and social concerns impacting the lives of people and places in Virginia, nationally and across the globe.

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.