The William H. Danforth St. Louis Confluence Award (STLCA) is designed to elevate WashU’s investment in the St. Louis Region by encouraging and rewarding faculty research that enhances our impact in St. Louis. The STLCA honors and recognizes faculty members for ongoing and completed research that focuses on interdisciplinary community-engaged research that exemplifies impact, innovation, and deep engagement with the region.

A $50,000 cash prize is given in recognition of faculty research initiatives. The awardee has the opportunity to present their research, receive award, and celebrate among their colleagues and community.

The application opened on September 1, 2023 to all WashU faculty. The work must be ongoing or recent (completed in 2022 or 2023). There is a limit of two entries per faculty per year. Nominations and application forms have closed for 2024.

We anticipate additional awards being offered to match strong applicants with awards and to elevate deserving projects, making efforts to connect researchers and their collaborators with other sources of support to further impact through community-engaged research methods.

2023 William H. Danforth Confluence Award Top 10 Finalist Research Summary

View this summary of the community-engaged research led by WashU faculty, community partners, and university collaborators. Each research project is explained in this video in three minutes, using one slide.

2023 Photo Gallery