About Us

Discover.  Innovate.  Engage.

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. 

SPARC provides a comprehensive supporting structure that allows partners from around the globe and faculty and staff from across the University system to build interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral programs for global impact. SPARC provides expertise and infrastructure to the greater UMN community, UMN faculty and staff, and our global network of partners to collide their ideas, leverage their collective global work, and foster large programs funded from traditional and nontraditional sources. 


Collide science and innovation across disciplines to catalyze solutions for complex global challenges.


Be a global catalyst for team science and deployable solutions that benefit our world.


SPARC is a system-wide resource sponsored by the Research and Innovation Office.

Find out how we're working towards our mission by learning about our approach and what we do for the University of Minnesota research community.

Visit:  What We Do