The Africa Initiative Pilot Grant Program, in partnership with the Institute for Public Health and the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, has awarded grants of up to $10,000 each to eight research projects. These grants, provided with support from Nestlé Purina, will help initiate new collaborations between Washington University faculty and scholars at institutional partners in Africa. The level of interest in the Pilot Grant Program this year was very high. Faculty from five WashU schools and 24 different departments applied for funding to conduct research in nine countries across the African continent. The eight funded projects will engage collaborators in five countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda.