Models for Engaging SPARC
There are three tiers of management proposed as models for engaging with SPARC. At the highest level engagement, tier one is for pan-university proposals that have several colleges involved and need a professional management team to run the grant effectively. On the other side, tier three offers services to faculty or groups to fill any roles that may be missing on the current team (e.g., project management, proposal development, monitoring and evaluation).
AdministrationPropose, manage and execute project at SPARC.
EngagementSPARC team identifies and leads strategic large proposals and projects that UMN can lead or partner in. Faculty could send, or SPARC team can horizon scan to find.
ExampleUSAID LASER - $70M, 577 partners; 13 colleges, 14 external networks; 2 domestic partners
Multi-College, Administratively Complex
AdministrationSplit responsibilities with administration and PI negotiated based on circumstance of project.
EngagementSPARC team works with faculty teams or individuals based on faculty interest to submit proposal and support project work.
ExampleCDC Technical Assistance, USAID Feed the Future Food Safety Laboratory
College-Based, College Run, Need SWAT Team
AdministrationProvide temporary administrative support to propose and/or launch project. After award the project is completely managed by PI’s department.
EngagementCollege and/or faculty request SPARC team support to develop proposals, establish teams or support project start up or management as needed.
ExampleAMR Center Grant