About the Award

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 will honor faculty members for ongoing and completed research that focuses on interdisciplinary community-based research that exemplifies impact, innovation, and deep engagement with the region.


Seed funding of $50,000 will be awarded to one awardee to support faculty research initiatives. The awardee will have the opportunity to present their research, receive award, and celebrate among their colleagues and community.


Current tenured or tenure-track Washington University faculty member is eligible for this award, with the following stipulations: Engaged in Interdisciplinary Community-Based research on topics but not limited to:

  • Children, Youth, and Family
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Health
  • Historical Documentation and Preservation 
  • Housing
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Regional Reputation
  • Social Mobility
Submission Requirements

Nominations would need to be submitted electronically by completing the web form.

Each nomination will need to include the following:

  • Name
  • School
  • Discipline
  • List of faculty members if research project is a collaborative effort

A complete submission will consist of an approximately 1,000-word essay explaining the connection and impact of the research to the St. Louis region that includes the following:

  • 1,000-word essay explaining the connection and impact of the research to the St. Louis region, written for an educated general public
    • A statement of the specific St. Louis region issue or problem addressed, including its scope, urgency, and the community members it affects
    • A description of the research or outreach conducted and how it ameliorates or solves the issue or problem, including methodology and metrics for success.
    • An assessment of the projected or actual outcomes of the faculty members’ work, quantified where relevant and possible
    • A descriptive list of the St. Louis populations and organizations involved as partners or beneficiaries of the work, including their level of participation in the project
    • A description of collaborative methods used and the values guiding collaboration with stakeholders in the application
    • Disclosure of all funding sources for the project
  • Self-nominations and or nominations of other colleagues will be accepted
  • Faculty members may submit no more than two entries per year

Nominations may provide testimonials, op-eds, and other materials as supporting materials in an attachment.