Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance Office (SPARC)

The mission of the Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance Office (SPARC) at Lewis & Clark is to provide faculty and staff with professional and quality service in support of research and creative endeavors throughout their careers, which includes securing and managing external grants. Please contact us early so we can help! 

Developing a Grant Proposal 
SPARC helps identify funding opportunities, aids in proposal and budget development, and facilitates the submission of grant applications. SPARC provides support for individual, collaborative, and institutional proposals.

Managing an Award
SPARC works closely with faculty and staff throughout the life cycle of a funded project, from award set-up to closeout. SPARC helps ensure financial compliance with award terms and conditions, applicable regulations, and institutional requirements.

Research Integrity and Compliance
Lewis & Clark is committed to maintaining high standards of integrity in research and scholarship, whether externally funded or not. SPARC is a resource for research compliance with regard to institutional policies, applicable regulations, and required training.

Department News

COVID-19 and Human Subjects Research

Please see the May 3, 2021 and March 17, 2020 letters to the community from IRB Chair Jeffrey Christensen.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Through three separate actions to date, the federal government has made emergency funds available to institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allocated by the Department of Education, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are intended to provide pandemic relief to both enrolled students and institutions related to the pandemic’s disruption of campuses. These three laws are known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or HEERF I), the CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or HEERF II), and the ARP (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or HEERF III). Additional information about each, including how Lewis & Clark is distributing funds, is included below.

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop

The SPARC Office hosted a virtual Fulbright Scholar Program workshop for faculty and staff on May 4, 2021. Please reach out to SPARC if you’d like to access the recording or slidedeck.