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.