Similar to Destination Areas in structure, Strategic Growth Areas are smaller and aim for regional or national leadership. Strategic Growth Areas represent additional areas of strength, identified by a faculty survey conducted in January 2016. SGAs may mature into Destination Areas.
The Economical and Sustainable Materials Strategic Growth Area (Materials SGA) is committed to the development of cross-disciplinary teams that will tackle critical scientific materials challenges related to our pillars of interest: health, energy, environment, and resilient infrastructure.
Scholarship about social disparities and difference in the human condition build on VT strengths in the areas of Health and the Environment, Identities and Culture, and Institutions, Organizations, and Policy.
The Policy SGA integrates research and learning across multiple disciplines and levels of information to analyze and inform the complex decision-making for designing and implementing policy to anticipate, respond to, and manage social change.