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NIMBioS Accelerator Tutorials

Accelerator Tutorials at NIMBioS provide both students and professionals in-depth, cross-disciplinary instruction in quantitative topics. Through Accelerator Tutorials, researchers master quantitative approaches within their own disciplines. Accelerator Tutorials help educators bring quantitative approaches to their classrooms.

Whether you are in academia, government or industry, Accelerator Tutorials help you learn the latest mathematical and computational approaches to solving complex or data intensive research problems.

Accelerator Tutorials run for 3 to 5 days with nationally and internationally recognized professors and researchers as instructors. Tutorials can be held on-site at NIMBioS or with virtual participants held live online at NIMBioS.


  • Nearly a decade of expertise in working with academic, government and industry leaders to help create, promote and manage successful tutorials in cross-disciplinary areas (see our list of tutorials)
  • State-of-art technology and advanced physical infrastructure to accommodate a wide variety of pedagogical approaches and learning styles
  • A beautiful setting for learning at Tennessee's flagship land grant university near the Great Smoky Mountains


Accelerator Tutorials can provide you with the path to disseminating your research for broader impact.

Today grant applicants are expected to justify the "broader impact" of proposed research, and grant reviewers are expected to consider explicitly the adequacy of the proposal's resources for broader impacts. Accelerator Tutorials are one way to do that.

Support Options

NIMBioS covers all expenses (travel, lodging and meals) for organizers/instructors. NIMBioS does not provide honoraria or stipends. Participants selected from the open applicant pool cover their own expenses and pay a nominal registration fee.

Proposal Process

Applications are invited for proposals for Accelerator Tutorials three times each year with deadlines on April 1, July 1, and November 1. Researchers interested in organizing an Accelerator Tutorial must submit a formal application to NIMBioS describing the proposed tutorial and the mathematical/computational concept(s) to be taught. The description should include names of 4 to 6 primary instructors/presenters, including the organizers. Organizers select the instructors. An additional 25 to 35 participants will be identified through an open application process.

If you have questions or wish to discuss your preliminary ideas for an Accelerator Tutorial, please contact Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education & Outreach, 865-974-9349,, or Chris Welsh, NIMBioS Deputy Director, 865-974-9334, If you want to include an Accelerator Tutorial at NIMBioS as part of a grant proposal and need our input, please contact us.

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