SPARCRequest

SPARCRequest (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. This software is open to MUSC affiliates and CTSA institutions to adopt and capitalize on efficiencies.

SPARCRequest is Open Source

Our SPARC software is publically available through an open source repository (BSD3 License), allowing institutions throughout the nation to utilize this web-based research transaction management system. We are delighted to have a growing list of institutional partners that will be participating in our open source community. If you are interested in learning more about bringing SPARC to your institution email us at SPARCRequest@musc.edu.

Open-Source Community of Partners

The SPARCRequest open source community is growing. As we welcome our newest members, more and more institutions are becoming interested in everything SPARCRequest has to offer. As the SPARCRequest community continues to grow, so does SPARCRequest. We are always in the process of making SPARC better, smarter, and more intuitive. If you have any questions or are interested in joining a SPARCRequest Open Governance committee please email the SPARC team at SPARCRequest@musc.edu.

Become a SPARC Insider

Join our listserv to be the first to know about SPARCRequest tools, advancements, partnerships and other happenings. SPARC Insiders are also invited to our monthly open call, during which we'll discuss new features and developments, future plans and projects, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your use of SPARCRequest. Become a SPARC Insider today.

Email the Success Center to join the SPARCRequest Listserv.

Visit Our SPARCRequest Wiki

The SPARCRequest Wiki provides further information on the uses of SPARC. This resource provides user guides, technical and release documentation, and access to our open source community. If your institution is thinking about adopting SPARC to manage your service request, all the information you will need is provided here.

Visit the SPARCRequest Wiki to access the following information:

  • User Guides
  • Administrative User Guides
  • Technical documentation
  • Release documentation
  • Open Source Community Info
  • and more

SPARCRequest Training

Please view the videos below as a first step and review the user guide available on the SPARCRequest Wiki page. If further training is needed email sparcrequest@musc.edu.

    SPARCRequest Introductory Training Videos:

         1. Overview of SPARCRequest
         2. Using SPARCRequest
         3. Service Provider Admin Edits
         4. SPARCRequest: Project vs Study

SPARCRequest Testimonials

University of California - San Francisco Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute

“SPARC works seamlessly to generate budgets for research study services, and has such a fantastic interface that we are looking into implementing it in several departments across campus. The SPARC system is a great complement to our enterprise study management software.”

Angela Rizk-Jackson, Ph.D.
UCSF CTSI

Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center

"The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center has embraced SPARC for its capacity to connect resources across eight different university and Health care institutions. The ability for our investigators to use SPARC and remotely access resources offered through our member institutions, which are located hundreds of miles apart, is imperative for our multi-institutional clinical & translational science research initiative. SPARC allows us to offer services in a very concise and efficient manner."
Brian Melancon
LaCATS
Baton Rouge, LA
CTSI - Children's National

“To be more efficient and competitive in the current clinical research environment it is necessary to have adequate tools to make the research process, from application to implementation, more seamless. SPARC provides a unique set of functions for both investigators and core administrators that will help streamline this process at our institution while allowing the tracking of activities and resource utilization all in one place."

Pablo Cure
CTSI - Children's National
Washington, DC

MUSC

“SPARC has become a very useful tool in my budget preparation for Hollings CTO. It provides a schedule of events for my supporting cores as well as a budget for me. It helps putting the study calendar in a spreadsheet that handles everything from processing costs to nursing costs. Once you learn the process, it becomes a valuable tool for getting needed support and subsidies and connects you to other cores on campus.

Debbie S. O’Rear, RN, BSN, CCRP
Hollings Cancer Center
MUSC

"I used SPARC to price out services for a grant proposal. It was a quick process, and was MUCH easier than the old method of calling to various departments to get price quotes. Thank you for making this service possible."

Dr. Jim Oates
Associate Director
Division of Rheumatology
MUSC

“It’s a great tool when putting a budget together. It’s nice to just go to one website and be able to put a budget together as well as requesting those procedures at the same time. Having the explanations under each of the procedures makes it very helpful for people that do not have a medical background that need to put a budget together for clinical trials.”

Alyssa Ziobrowski
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Sleep Medicine
MUSC

“When I was on SPARC Request looking for services for our research study I felt like I was online shopping, almost as if I was on Amazon.com. All the services were easy to find and I was grateful that it did not take much time out of my day since I was quite busy that day working between the office and clinic.”

Amanda Smith
College of Health Professions
MUSC

SPARCRequest Contact

Kyle Hutson, MBA, CSM 
Metric Tracking and Reporting Project Manager
SPARC Lead Coordinator
SPARCRequest@musc.edu

Wenjun He, Ph.D.
SPARC Project System Analyst
SPARCRequest@musc.edu  

Kim Spencer, MS
Program Assistant
SPARCRequest@musc.edu