Call for Project Proposals: Due April 23, 2018

The University of Virginia seeks research projects for the 2nd ACCelerate: ACC/Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.

In the fall of 2017, 36,000 participants joined 45 teams from the 15 ACC schools for the ACCelerate Festival. Taking place at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC, the initial event presented and celebrated the rich diversity of research taking place beyond the ACC’s typical focus of the athletic field. Four UVA projects and a performance were selected through a peer review process to represent the innovative thinking taking place at UVA. In preparation for the second installment of the festival in March 2019, we are inviting proposals from faculty and their research teams to participate in this important national collaboration.


ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival
Date: April 5-7, 2019
Site: Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.


To submit a project for consideration, fill out this online form.


On Monday, April 16, 2018, Top UVA projects will be selected for ACC and Smithsonian review and evaluation in August 2018. Notifications of final acceptance for the festival will be in September 2018. For more information, contact Bill Sherman or Matthew Slaats.

Scope of projects:

With a goal of presenting the most creative research coming out of UVA, initiatives from all Schools and Departments are welcome to apply. Those that represent a unique mode of creativity and innovation are of vital importance. Themes for 2017 consisted of Civic Engagement, Sustainability, Biomimetics, Health and Body, Art and Technology, and Making. The 2019 themes will be based on submissions.

UVA will select 5–7 projects for initial inclusion with 3 being selected via a peer review process by all ACC participants. Performance projects can consist of a broad range of media, such as musical, theatrical, dance, and spoken word formats.

Exhibits will be evaluated based on completion/readiness and potential to actively engage the festival audience. This is a hands-on event, so exhibits should encourage a participatory interaction with a broad audience of all ages.


Upon selection, participate in ongoing communications with OpenGrounds staff who serve as the project managers for UVA at ACCelerate. Participation in all festival activities — transportation, load in/out, engaging the public during 3-day exhibition.

Development of a hands-on interactive display that best represents the project — this may include print materials, images, and video, but ideally will involve models, activities, materials, or objects that can be handled by the public.

Participate in inter- and cross-disciplinary conversations with other ACC schools. Funding for travel and some support of presentation materials is provided by the UVA Office of the Provost.

2017 UVA Participating Projects:

Mantabot – Hilary Bart-Smith –

Puremadi – Jim Smith –

Carbon Feed – Jon Bellona and John Park –

Yamuna River Project – Iñaki Alday –

The Ceiling Floats Away – Matthew Burtner –