More than 25 institutes, centers, and programs with an international focus offer collaborative research opportunities and empower our students, faculty, and staff to create meaningful impact.

Explore a selection of the research centers and institutes at Washington University and learn more about organizations at specific schools, by visiting school websites.

SPOTLIGHT! Social Policy Institute

Timely research from the Social Policy Institute influences policy in Israel

Evidence provided by SPI translates into clear policy recommendations for the Knesset

Through a longitudinal, nationally representative survey, WashU’s Social Policy Institute (SPI) has been tracking how Covid-19 is affecting households in Israel and the United States. Timely data generated from these surveys is now enabling SPI to provide critical evidence to policymakers in real time.

Our Work

International Focus

Our centers and institutes with international focus support all aspects of the learning, teaching and research pursuits for our faculty, staff and students.

Africa Initiative

Expanding knowledge and creating teaching, learning, and cultural opportunities for faculty, staff, and students by supporting programs and initiatives in over 36 countries in Africa.



Focusing on the advancement of knowledge and technology through aerosol techniques in energy, environment, materials and health.

Center for Human Rights, Gender & Migration

Bridging research, policy and practice to improve evidence-based response to serious human rights abuses.


Center for Social Development

Using rigorous research, to create innovations in policy and practices that enable individuals, families and communities to achieve life goals and contribute to society.

Center for Water Innovation

Providing a platform for industry-university dialogue and facilitating interactions among potential collaborators towards joint research efforts. 

Global Health Center

Improving global health through transdisciplinary programs and partnerships across Washington University in St. Louis and around the world.



Contributing to the reduction of poverty and improvement of public health outcomes for children, adolescents, and families in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing nations.



Addressing a range of environmental challenges that are critical to the well-being of our society and planet.


Institute for Informatics

Providing an academic and professional home for informatics science and practice to innovate research, workforce development and informatics service delivery.

Institute for Public Health

Addressing the complex health issues and health disparities facing the St. Louis region and the world.

Living Earth Collaborative

Living Earth Collaborative

Advancing the knowledge of biodiversity to ensure the future of earth’s species in their many forms.


Social Policy Institute 

Fostering interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration to design, test, inform and impact innovative policy solutions to social problems.

School of Law

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute 

Increasing global knowledge and understanding, promoting the rule of law, and addressing problems that require international cooperation and

Research Initiatives

Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network

The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) is an international research effort focused on dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease. DIAN’s efforts, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, consist of a long-term observational study as well as basic science studies and clinical trials conducted in multiple countries around the world.

The DOLF Project

The Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis (DOLF Project), supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks to develop and test improved treatments for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis that will enhance efforts to control and eliminate these important neglected tropical diseases.

Global Research on Inclusion and Disability

The Global Research on Inclusion and Disability (GRID) team explores the circumstances of social groups in low- and middle-income countries who are often forgotten in development initiatives.