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

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Through three separate actions to date, the federal government 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) were 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 distributed funds, is included below.

Financial aid applicants had the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the recent unemployment of a family member or independent student, or other circumstances, described in section 479A of the HEA (20 USC § 1087tt). More information about this process can be found via the following links: Undergraduate students, Graduate Students, and Law Students.
[Page updated 7/5/22]

Biology Professor’s Research Featured in Nature

Assistant Professor of Biology Margaret Metz’s research explores how climate and latitude affect the coexistence of tree species in forests around the world. Her recent research on forest diversity in Ecuador is featured in the international science journal Nature.