ISCE

Katherine Williams will provide technical assistance with writing and research endeavors, including: proof reading, formatting, 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 previously funded research to support proposal development.

Internal and external expert grant writers are 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. If interested, contact Karen Roberto.

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.

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 search funding opportunities by keyword and have reminders and key topics emailed you by sending a request to Beth Tranter at etranter@vt.edu.

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
COSSA

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.

SciVal

The SciVal Funding service, a web-based tool that uses pre-populated user profiles to help identify funding opportunities targeted to specific interests and areas of research, is now available. 

SciVal Funding not only allows researchers to search for grant opportunities, it also provides historical data about awards and related publications. This data can be used to select opportunities that are the best fit and tailor proposals based on past success. Additionally, users can track award trends, find potential collaborators, and improve their understanding of the competitive landscape. To register with SciVal Funding, or for more information including videos and training tutorials, click here.

RHIhub

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 2016 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

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Why Social Science?

Bill Riley, Director of NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research writes about the importance of research into the social determinants of health and illness.

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Faculty Spotlight

Thomas Ewing's research on the Spanish Flu.

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Announcements

Please join us on Monday, April 10th for "Ecologies of Injustice" -- a panel discussion hosted by The Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience.

This panel discussion brings together scholars at Virginia Tech whose work intersects the concerns of environmental justice, with community members, and interested individuals to increase our understanding of the diffuse ways that environmental injustice is experienced in our contemporary world. The conversation encompasses political, economic, social, and environmental factors that precipitate disproportionate exposure to environmental risk or access to resources and is designed to build bridges across the Virginia Tech campus and greater-Blacksburg community.

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The 40th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference will be held March 9-12 at Virginia Tech, and will feature a keynote address by Dr. James Hansen, the director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Program at Columbia University.  Learn more about the conference here.

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A peer-reviewed poster session that features the work of Carol Mullen "Creativity and Education in China" will be held March 21 from 3:00-4:30 in the Wallace Atrium. 

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NSF’s Public Access Requirement

A new NSF requirement applies to new awards resulting from proposals submitted, or due, on or after the effective date of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) issued on January 25, 2016. NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

For more information, please visit NSF’s Public Access website