Note: The 2022 application is now closed.

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

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

Information Session Open Houses

We will host two information session open houses where you can drop by at any time to learn more about the award and the application.

  • Danforth Campus: Tuesday, November 8 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at the John M. Olin Library, Room 142.
  • Medical Campus: Wednesday, November 9 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), Room 309 (3rd Floor).

Current Washington University faculty, across all tracks, who are conducting interdisciplinary, community-based research are eligible for this award. 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

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., November 30, 2022.

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, written for an educated general public, that includes the following:

  • 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 will be accepted. Nominations of other colleagues are welcome. All applicants must complete an application form.

Faculty members may submit no more than two entries per year.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to submit an application?

All applications must be submitted no later than November 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Who can submit nominations? Are self-nominations allowed?

Anyone can nominate a current Washington University faculty (i.e. tenured, tenured-track, and TRaP) engaged in interdisciplinary community-based research within the St. Louis community. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can submit.

Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.

What is an Endorsement Letter?

This is a letter that is written by an individual and/or organization nominees. The letter should provide clear evidence of the quality and scale of the nominee’s scholarly impact.

Can I use abbreviations in the online entry system?

Please do not include abbreviations or acronyms, so that the review committee will be able to fully review your submissions without having to ask follow-up questions.

Is there a specific format that supporting documents should be in for submission?

It is preferred that all supporting documents be in PDF form.

Are applications kept confidential?

The confidentiality of all applications will be respected. All applications will be reviewed by the Confluence Award Review Committee.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be notified by the Review Committee after the review process has been completed. The awardee will also be featured on the Office of the Provost website.

Will there be an award ceremony?

Yes. The award ceremony will be held in Spring 2023. More details will be communicated via email announcement, along with being posted on the 2023 Confluence Award website.

If I am selected as the awardee and unable to attend the ceremony, what happens?

If you are selected as the awardee and unable to attend the ceremony, we request that you appoint a member(s) of your team to attend the award ceremony to receive award and present on your behalf.