Interdisciplinary Faculty Seed Grant Program


Each year, the Global Change Center (GCC), in collaboration with the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) at Virginia Tech, accept proposals from GCC faculty to support interdisciplinary research that will lead to collaborative proposals submitted to extramural funding sources. We are seeking projects that link multiple faculty programs and take advantage of unique combinations of expertise at VT, have societal implications and/or a policy component, deal with emerging global change issues that have regional significance, and have high potential to eventually leverage external resources.

2019 Fall GCC-ISCE Seed Grant RFP [PDF]


Global Change Science

Host-Microbiome Interactions



How does global change impact host-microbe interactions in plants?

Mosquito Dynamics



Linking climate change to mosquito population dynamics and public perception

Joint funding by ISCE

Species Vulnerability

Climate Change


 How does our understanding of climate change vulnerability vary by geographic scale, model precision, and natural histories? 

Birdfeeding Dynamics

Wildlife Disease


The coupled social and ecological dynamics of backyard bird feeding

Joint funding by ISCE

Parasite Spillover

Invasive Species


Parasite spillover from invasive to native species

Health Outcomes

Climate Change


A synthetic population approach to modeling human health and the environment: A tool for adaptation planning

Joint funding by ISCE

Avian Health

Global Change


Poison Ivy and migrating birds: exploring a mutualistic relationship in the face of climate change

Carbon Fluxes

Land Use Changes


Surface-subsurface connectivity in karst landscapes: implications for terrestrial water and carbon fluxes

Stream Salinity

Land Use Changes


Microbial diversity response to a coal-mining induced salinity gradient in Appalachian streams

Carbon & Energy

Climate Mitigation


Climate mitigation from biofuels: Is loblolly or switchgrass more beneficial in the southeast?

Public Health

Land Use Changes


How does environmental landscape change shape community and ecological health in Appalachia?

Joint funding by ISCE

Drinking Water

Climate Change


Managing human needs and ecosystem services in drinking water reservoirs confronted with global change

Water & Health

Water Resources


How does current water quality management align with ecological health and human well-being?

Joint funding by ISCE

Biological Invasions

Community Ecology


Spatio-temporal dynamics of fish reproductive mutualism and linkages to the spread of invasives

Energy & Water



Integrating economic models with watershed & energy models using a system-of-systems approach