Developing solutions to create meaningful impact.

By partnering with some of the world’s leading educational institutions, our community is more innovative, developing solutions that will lead to a better world. Our global initiatives offer international collaborative research opportunities that 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 the school websites.

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.


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.



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

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.


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

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.

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute 

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

Resources for International Research

Travel Resources

If your research is taking you outside the United States, we encourage you to learn more about the resources available to assist you and are dedicated to your safety.


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for International Affairs provides advice and resources for WashU researchers who are considering using a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration between one or more institutions.

Help Abroad?

If you need help while abroad, Call WashU Police Department (+1-314-935-5555). Your request will be coordinated immediately with the university’s Emergency Management Team.

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