Our Collaborations

Multiyear thematic clusters and programmatic grants

Generating Novel Ideas & Learning Opportunities 

We support cross-campus collaborations that invite novel ideas, encourage unprecedented learning opportunities, and aim to generate solutions to some of the world's most critical issues.

Our first proposal-selection process, which began in the spring of 2022, brought together 143 faculty from 44 distinct departments, schools, and research centers and institutes—with Arts & Sciences leading the way.

From these proposals, we funded nine multiyear clusters as well as five yearlong programmatic grants that bring together 49 faculty leads and 85 additional contributing faculty across all seven schools and 32 distinct departments.

These projects epitomize our ideals of convergence, creativity, and communityand will help us build the university of the future. 


These three-year thematic research and learning collaborations consist of faculty from at least three distinct units, undergraduate and graduate students, and potential external partners. Through the Incubator, they receive research funding to foster imaginative new partnerships, academic and public programming, and undergraduate and graduate courses.

Clusters will provide a framework for developing innovative and vibrant student learning opportunities as well as identify new areas of study that will potentially transform our research infrastructure and enhance our global visibility. 

Immersive Technology Collective
Faculty leads: Elizabeth Hunter, Performing Arts; Uluğ Kuzuoğlu, History; Seth Graebner, Romance Languages & Literatures/Global Studies; Kristina Kleutghen, Art History and Archaeology

Mindfulness Science and Practice
Faculty leads: Todd Braver, Psychological & Brain Sciences; Ron Mallon, Philosophy; Diana Parra Perez, Brown School; Erik Dane, Olin Business School

The St. Louis Policy Initiative: Segregation, Public Health, and Environmental Policy
Faculty leads: Andrew Reeves, Political Science; Scott Krummenacher, Environmental Studies; Matthew Gabel, Political Science; Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Sociology

The Storytelling Lab: Bridging Science, Technology, and Creativity
Faculty leads: Jeff Zacks, Psychological & Brain Sciences; Ian Bogost, Film & Media Studies/McKelvey School of Engineering; Colin Burnett, Film & Media Studies

Toward a Synergy between Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience
Faculty leads: Ralf Wessel, Physics; Keith Hengen, Biology; Likai Chen, Mathematics & Statistics

Trust and Public Health
Faculty leads: David Carter, Political Science; Matt Gabel, Political Science; Jimin Ding, Mathematics & Statistics; Mark Huffman, School of Medicine - Internal Medicine/Global Health Center

Next Frontiers in Radio Chemistry: Personalized Medicine for Infectious Diseases
Faculty leads: Timothy A. Wencewicz, Chemistry; Petra Levin, Biology; Manel Errando, Physics; Dan Thorek, School of Medicine - Radiology; Deborah Veis, School of Medicine - Pathology & Immunology

Police Body Camera Metadata
Faculty leads: Andrew Jordan, Economics; Christopher Lucas, Political Science; Soumendra Lahiri, Mathematics & Statistics

The Human-Wildlife Interface: Disease Dynamics and Pandemic Prevention
Faculty leads: Krista Milich, Anthropology; Michael Landis, Biology; David Wang, School of Medicine - Pathology & Immunology

Programmatic Grants

Yearlong programmatic grants support cross-campus teams that will host conferences, symposia and community-building events around their select transdisciplinary theme. These events allow students, faculty and staff to explore new academic thought for a sustained period of time, and these cohorts of faculty may later develop a thematic cluster for our next cycle.

Foster Care Systems
Faculty leads: Ian Fillmore, Economics; Seanna Leath, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Black Joy Collaborative
Faculty leads: Karma Frierson, African and African-American Studies; Paige McGinley, Performing Arts and American Culture Studies; Miguel Valerio, Romance Languages & Literatures

Moving Stories
Faculty leads: Ila Sheren, Art History & Archaeology; Ariela Schachter, Sociology; Tabea Linhard, Romance Languages & Literatures, Global Studies; Lisa Bulawsky, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Science in the Public Square
Faculty leads: Talia Dan-Cohen, Anthropology; Corinna Treitel, History

Improving Data Integration Techniques
Faculty leads: Ted Enamorado, Political Science; Soumendra Lahiri, Mathematics & Statistics; Kunal Agrawal, McKelvey School of Engineering

Learn how our collaborations were selected.

Our selection process