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2018-19 ISCE Scholars program to accept applications until March 15

February 7, 2018

From: The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment

The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) is accepting applications for its Scholars Program, which provides support for faculty developing grant proposals in areas of interest in the social and behavioral sciences. Proposed projects must align with one of ISCE’s four thematic areas. Applications are due March 15, 2018.

Program Description and Application Information

The ISCE Scholars Program will provide support for faculty seeking funds to undertake initial work in a new or existing program area. ISCE is interested in supporting both relatively new investigators and more experienced investigators whose research or scholarship addresses contemporary individual issues and societal concerns. While proposals from individual faculty will be considered, priority will be given to interdisciplinary teams of faculty from across departments and colleges. The expectation is that proposals developed through the Scholars Program will lead to the submission of an application to a government agency, foundation, or corporate sponsor for a project requiring a minimum of $100,000 in direct costs per year.

Proposals must address one of ISCE’s thematic areas of research and scholarship (

  • Global Issues: policies related to international trade and economics, security, and science and competitiveness issues that face the United States at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
  • Human Development and Health: social and behavioral aspects of development across the lifespan; health issues facing individuals, families, communities, or societies; social influences on health; health policy.
  • Risk and Resilience: individual or community level behaviors and responses to contemporary social issues, natural disasters, adversity, and change; technology and security; public policy. 
  • Community and Built Environments: geographic locations, structures, and settings affecting the human condition; policy implementation and evaluation.

Proposals aligned with one of the University’s Destination Areas or Strategic Growth Areas ( are encouraged. Teams are also encouraged to include both graduate and undergraduate student assistants on the project as appropriate. 

ISCE anticipates making six to eight awards of up to $30,000 per award. The award period is July 15, 2018 – June 15, 2019. 

For complete information and to download application forms, visit: