What We Do

Catalyze. Innovate. Deliver.

Our Approach

The Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative is an institutional hub to position the University of Minnesota’s faculty, staff and students for innovative projects and global opportunities. SPARC will be a focused research and innovation entity that engages disciplines and professionals in the University system and globally to:

Catalyze Collaboration

SPARC convenes and supports partners from around the globe with leading experts from across the University of Minnesota to organize, fund, and implement large-scale impactful programs. We match the right teams across disciplines, sectors, and borders and connect them to the resources, partners, and infrastructure needed for success.


SPARC fosters innovation by colliding academic, industry, government, community, and nonprofit researchers and practitioners to work together across disciplines. We leverage existing capabilities across our network to create creative solutions in new contexts and with new sources of funding.

Deliver Practical Solutions

SPARC brings innovation to the front lines of addressing grand challenges in the US and globally by leveraging and sharing expertise, tools, and resources to bring knowledge and innovation to the field. We support teams to optimize research and program impact through strong research translation, monitoring and evaluation and partner engagement planning and implementation. We seek to obtain funding for impactful work on a large scale where multiple projects involving multiple teams work synergistically toward greater good on the ground.

Find out how University of Minnesota researchers or external partners can connect and collaborate on our next large-scale, multi-disciplinary project.

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