We want to collide science and innovation across disciplines to catalyze solutions for complex global challenges.

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Creating a culture of interdisciplinary research, innovation, and translation.

The Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) is a research and innovation hub based at the University of Minnesota. SPARC engages researchers and practitioners across disciplines in the US and globally to establish new large-scale programs that catalyze collaboration, innovate for new discoveries, and deliver practical new solutions that address these critical challenges. SPARC promotes and advances partnerships and projects that put our partners, faculty, staff, and students at the forefront of global innovation, impact, and change.



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SPARC Launch Event

Are you or do you know a researcher looking for new sources of research support? Are you interested in being part of research teams that span the University and connect with organizations doing important work outside the U? Are you a grant administrator looking for support for large and complex grant proposals?

Please join us Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at McNamara Center (UMTC) to officially launch the University of Minnesota’s Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC), a new research service and innovation hub created to help multidisciplinary teams from across the University submit and execute complex grant proposals, particularly those offered by nontraditional funding agencies and requiring external partners.

Learn more about the launch of SPARC.