Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance System (SPARCS)


Welcome to Carnegie Mellon University's online system for sponsored projects and research compliance. SPARCS provides online submission and processing for the following areas:
  •  Conflict of Interest (COI)
  •  Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  •  Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  •  Funding Proposals (Proposals)

You can access SPARCS by following the SPARCS LOGIN link to the right. If you are having trouble and need assistance, please contact the SPARCS Help Desk. (Details under "Need help now?") Additional resources are available using the "Documentation and Training" link above.

Requirements for Accessing SPARCS

Two-Factor Authentication (2fa)

Effective April 20, 2017 all faculty, staff and students must use 2fa (DUO) to access SPARCS. For more information, see the Two-Factor Authentication (2fa) pages at Please direct any questions to the Computing Services Help Center at or  412-268-4357 (HELP).

Off-Campus Access Requirements

Off-campus users will need to use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client to access SPARCS. For more information on the VPN please visit: