Destination Areas

Destination Areas: Building Transdisciplinary Communities

Transdisciplinary communities at Virginia Tech are working collaboratively to address complex problems that impact the human condition. Teams are working across disciplinary boundaries to address challenges in rural health, infectious disease, coastal mitigation, and security.

Destination Areas, Virginia Tech

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Transdisciplinary Communities

Nine areas of focus combine our existing academic and research
strengths with innovative transdisciplinary teams, tools, and processes.

Committed to Beyond Boundaries

The Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas (DA/SGAs) and Virginia Tech’s
investment Institutes are committed to advancing the Beyond Boundaries vision.

In order to facilitate transdisciplinary research efforts, the DAs/SGAs in conjunction with the Institutes, are offering seed grants to foster collaborative efforts and to enhance the competitiveness for defined external support in areas that address issues related to rural health and infectious disease.

Adaptive Brain and Behavior 2018 Request for Concepts
Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Adaptive Brain and Behavior destination area (ABB-DA) solicits requests for concepts that will utilize transdisciplinary work to advance our vision and strengthen Virginia Tech as a destination area. Successful RFC awardees will enhance or accelerate an ongoing, ABB-oriented project or stimulate a new project. Multiple awards (up to $25,000 each) will be funded.

+Policy Research Team Supplement

Applications due October 17, 2018

The Policy Strategic Growth Area (PSGA) solicits applications from research teams with ongoing projects that would benefit from a funding supplement focusing on policy. The +Policy Research Team Supplement is designed to enable extant teams to engage with a Virginia Tech faculty member with expertise in policy in order to add a policy component to, or enhance the policy dimension of, an ongoing research project.

Data and Decisions 2018 Request for Concepts
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

The Data and Decisions destination area is soliciting requests for concepts for a second year. Successful RFC awardees will identify and make impactful changes highlighting VT as a destination for Data and Decisions research. Emphasis placed on external impact to raise awareness of Data and Decisions outside of the university will receive strong consideration. Three awards (up to $30,000 each) are expected to be funded.

Upcoming Events

October 11-12

2018 Rotating Resilience Roundtables at Virginia Tech
Please contact Anamaria Bukvic (VT) and Michelle Covi (ODU) for more information.


October 17

Data and Decisions Research Blitz
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Kelly Hall 310

Faculty Spotlight

Steven Sheetz, professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Faculty Spotlight, Virginia Tech

Destination Areas News

Video: Conversation with the President

In a conversation with Dawn Jefferies, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands talks about the start of the academic year and reflects on the importance of research.

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Our Motto

Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)

Virginia Tech is committed to creating global impacts built
upon a foundation of diversity, inclusion, and social engagement.

Top Talent Search

We intend to attract and retain top talent through initiatives that are supported by administration, stakeholder groups, and outstanding new interdisciplinary facilities.

2018 Courses

We welcome students seeking to reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to find the innovation that exists in the intersections of diverse fields.





Please contact Todd Nicewonger, Project Director for Destination Areas