Sponsored Programs & Research Compliance


March 12, 2021

We are both happy and melancholy to announce that John Finn, after nearly 20 years of dedicated service to UNCW, is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement!

After retiring from active duty in the Marine Corps, he began working at UNCW in December 2001 as Financial Compliance Officer in the presently named Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance (SPARC) office, a role that he has continued with to this day. In addition to his regular duties, he also served as Acting Assistant Director of SPARC for eight months in 2019-20.

The entire UNCW research enterprise has benefitted from John’s strong commitment to research compliance and passion towards excellence. Amongst his numerous duties, he has for years spearheaded the federally mandated Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, UNC System required reporting elements on research at UNCW, subaward negotiations and monitoring with external entities, and research effort reporting activities within the various colleges and departments.

His expertise in federal and North Carolina state regulations – especially Uniform Guidance and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs/DFARs) – is unparalleled, playing a critically important role in the growth and success of UNCW’s rise to an R2 high research activity institution.

January 22, 2021

SPARC is relaunching the Research Momentum Funds internal funding opportunity to support Fall ‘21/Spring ’22 activities. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or teams who have a well-developed project idea and expect to submit a proposal for external funding with the results from the RMF funds. Information sessions are available January 28 and February 11 from 10:00-11:00 AM. 

December 8, 2020

Effort Certification System to be Upgraded
On December 14th, the effort certification system will be upgraded. Principal Investigators and grant project personnel should notice four major changes 1) off-campus access no longer requires VPN or Horizon 2) Adobe Flash will no longer be a requirement 3) a new/modern interface and 4) the program will work on Windows and Apple computers as well as iPads.

November 30, 2020

SPARC Announces Charles L. Cahill Grant and Research Momentum Fund Recipients
Recipients of the Charles L. Cahill Grant and Research Momentum Fund for Fiscal Year 2021 have been announced.

Funded Cahill proposals consisted of 14 traditional and six collaborative applications. There were 19 traditional individual applications and eight interdisciplinary collaborative applications. View the list of recipients here.

Funded Momentum proposals consisted of 14 traditional and five collaborative applications. There were 17 traditional individual applications, five collaborative applications and six mentor requests. View the list of recipients here

November 6, 2020

Research Update on Winter and Spring Operations (PDF)
Associate Provost of Research and Innovation, Dr. Stuart Borrett, issued a comprehensive memo to the campus community addressing operation plans for winter and spring. The memo includes updates on research success, winter break, CMS and Library operations.

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