Yancey Crawford 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

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 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.


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


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

Jim Hawdon's research on online extremism.