SPARCS Offline for Maintenance
SPARCS will be offline on Sunday, February 19th for 30 minutes starting at 9:00AM.
SPARCS IACUC Go-Live
Effective April 18, 2016 all IACUC submissions for new and renewing protocols will be handled through the on-line system SPARCS. More details to be posted soon.
SPARCS Change Management Team Meeting
The Change Management team for SPARCS Proposal and Awards held the first meeting. The meeting presentation [pdf] is available for viewing.
SPARCS Project Update - RAC Meeting
The Research Administrators Council (RAC) was updated on the SPARCS project on Monday, October 12, 2015. The latest news on the SPARCS project is available at: RAC Meeting SPARCS Update [PDF].
SPARCS Proposal & Awards Kickoff Meeting
The SPARCS Team held the Proposal & Awards Kickoff meeting on September 14, 2015 with the Change Management and Design teams. You can find out the information from the kickoff meeting by reading the Proposal & Awards Kickoff Meeting presentation [PDF].
SPARCS IRB is Live on July 27, 2015
Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance System (SPARCS) is an integrated system that supports Carnegie Mellon University’s sponsored program and research compliance functions. The functionality will encompass Grants & Contracts Management (including proposal development and submission and award and contract negotiations), reporting, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institution Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Conflict of Interest (COI) management. The system supports activities at all CMU research campuses and is utilized by central administration as well as university departments.
SPARCS is a flexible, highly-configurable platform that encourages continuous improvement across the research enterprise and supports automation of front- and back-office research administration processes. SPARCS provides a single portal for Carnegie Mellon University research personnel to manage their interaction with research administration and compliance staff.
For more information please visit the IRB Website.
SPARCS IRB Roll Out Schedule
All new human studies submissions must be submited in SPARCS starting on July 27, 2015. All modifications or renewals that expire on November 1, 2015 must be submitted in SPARCS on November 1, 2015. Any studies expiring before November 1, 2015 will continue to use the current paper form. These studies will be submitted into SPARCS starting November 1, 2016.