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

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The SPARCS IRB Module is Live. If you have any issues, please email the SPARCS Help Desk for assistence.

SPARCS IRB is Live on July 27, 2015.  For more information please visit the IRB website.

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.

SPARCS IRB Roll Out Schedule

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.

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