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Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance

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The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance (SPaRC), within the Division of Academic Affairs, was created to support faculty scholarship.  SPaRC is the institutional office at Providence College responsible for the review, submission, and acceptance of grants, contracts, and agreements for research and scholarly work. SPaRC is committed to service excellence, faculty development, and promoting research compliance and integrity.

Pre-Proposal Activities:

Discuss early phases of project ideas with faculty to identify potential funding sources; Identify and disseminate funding opportunities, program announcements and Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Proposal Development Activities:

Locate application packages and ​forms and interpret sponsor guidelines and requirements; Assist with all stages of proposal development, including budget preparation, certifications, forms, and cover sheet; Prepare a proposal outline or proposal checklist based upon grant requirements and guidelines; Review document formatting; Obtain institutional letters of support; Coordinate proposal submission with research administrators at collaborating institutions; Ensure adherence to and provide interpretation of College, sponsor, and government guidelines; Submit proposals electronically and/or hard-copy on behalf of the institution.

Grant Administration/Management Activities:

Assist with sponsor communication and correspondence after an award is made (submit requests for no cost-extensions, prior-approval requests, and progress reports); Notify principal investigators (PIs) when progress reports are due​​.

Research Compliance:

Guidance, coordination and oversight responsibilities for research compliance matters such as Financial Conflict of Interest (FCoI), protection of human participants (IRB), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), animal care and use (IACUC), intellectual property and the Research Compliance Committee.  Oversight and signature authority on Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, Federal Wide Assurances (FWAs) and other research agreements.