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SPARC Request

SPARC Request (Services, Pricing, & Application for Research Centers) is a web-based research management system that provides a central portal to researchers and their study teams to browse for research services and resources as well as submit service and pricing requests with a focus on billing compliance and proposal/budget development. The free software is open to MUSC affiliates and CTSA institutions to adopt and capitalize on efficiencies.


sparc features

  • Manage all of your studies and requests in one central location
  • Easy-to-use search features
  • Request or obtain research pricing for research services across MUSC's campus
  • Inform your budget with budget development tools
  • Create patient visit calendars and indicate per service source of funding (research/SOC)
  • Communicate directly with your service providers


sparc training

Locating Services - Guidance on locating research services within the SPARC Request Catalog

Step 1 - Guidance on how to create and edit studies/projects

Step 2 - Guidance on how to utilize SPARC Request's intuitive budget development tools

Step 3 - Guidance on how to utilize SPARC Request's document routing tool

Step 4 - Guidance on SPARC Request's Review and Submission Page

User Portal - Guidance on how to navigate SPARC Request's User Dashboard

Step-by-Step Guide

A Detailed Walkthrough Guide

A Simplified SPARC Request Guide


sparc faqs

1) May I submit a request for services for multiple research studies/projects simultaneously?

a) No. Please browse and select services for only one research study/project at a time.

2) May I select and add services from multiple Service Providers and Programs at one time?

a) Yes. Please feel free to browse, select, and add services from any Service Provider, Program, and/or Core displayed in the system for any given research study/project.



November 12, 2013
Research Management System Expanded Across Campus

September 17, 2013
Children's National Medical Center to go live with SPARC Request in October

July 18, 2013
Developing an Institution-wide Web-based Research Request and
Preliminary Budget Development System

June 24, 2013
The Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago
 selects SPARC Request

June 3, 2013
Questions? Suggestions? Join the SPARC Request Blog Community

April 29, 2013
Clinical & Translational Research Management Tool Begins Nationwide Rollout

April 24, 2013
The University of Utah's Center for Clinical & Translational Science selects SPARC Request

April 16, 2013
The Clinical & Translational Science Institute at Children's National Medical Center Selects SPARC Request


Royce Sampson, MSN, RN
SCTR COO & SUCCESS Center Director

Lane Glenn, MRA
Senior Applications Analyst & Project Manager

Caleb Hund
Program Coordinator


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