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After meeting at Connector and developing projects in Incubator, teams made their pitch for up to $50,000 to launch new research projects through Accelerator!

Five teams—made up of Florida State researchers and community organizations— are excited to launch new areas of research addressing challenges related to:

Community Health and Wellness

Diversity in STEM

Environmental Communication

Artificial Intelligence for Quality of Life

Energy Resilience


Each of our teams has completed an intense 10-week Incubator with the Office of Research Development to refine their Challenge, develop a Project, plan for Impact, and come together as a Team.

For more information about Accelerator, or any of the projects described below please contact Mike Mitchell


Artificial Intelligence & Quality of Life in Older Adults at Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Our goal is to show preliminary efficacy of AI-based interventions for improving two quality of life health indicators, emotional well-being and social connectedness.

Accelerator Winner: $50,000

Energy Resilience

Developing Shared Strategies for Improved Resiliency of the Future Grid

Our team will model how the COT Utilities’ power grid interconnects with the FSU 15kV medium voltage distribution grid —essentially a grid within a grid, and the perfect laboratory to explore strategies before scaling them community-wide.

Accelerator Award: $40,000

Environmental Communication

Exploring Interdisciplinary Strategies and Practices for Efficient and Effective Participatory Environmental Communication with a Focus on Underserved Communities

This project will have the following overarching goals: developing a general strategy and exploring new practices of participatory environmental communication (applicable using resources available to ordinary communities, such as public-domain information and open-source software).

Accelerator Award: $25,000

Diversity in STEM

African Americans and Hispanic individuals are severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. We will conduct focus groups with students at five Leon County Middle Schools to understand what motivates and excites them about STEM. We will then use this information to develop an intervention to help increase diversity in advanced science and math courses.

Accelerator Award: $10,000

Community Health and Wellness

Promoting Physical Activity In Nontraditional Households: A Mentor-Guided Physical Activity Program

We hypothesize that an online mentor-guided physical activity (MGPA) program will improve preschool children’s Physical Activity (PA) levels, PA-associated behaviors and mental wellbeing while also improving grandmothers’ PA levels and levels of mental stress.