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About SPA

SPA is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters.

Contact information

  • General information 612.624.0327
  • SPA helpline 612.624.5599
  • Fax 612.624.4843
  • SPA directory


How to find SPA

What does SPA do?
  • Assists faculty in submitting proposals and getting grants
  • Accept awards and assures they are administered consistently with sponsor and Board of Regents policies
  • Mediates the grant process
  • See our roles and responsibilities

Why SPA does what it does?

  • Serves the research mission of the University
  • Helps ensure compliance with internal and external requirements: (IRB, Regents Policy, Conflict of Interest, etc.)
  • Supports the research mission of University faculty

SPA--the process

  • Receives approved proposal with budget and PRF (coversheet)
  • Reviews proposal for institutional and external compliance
  • Transmits proposal to sponsor
  • Negotiates awards
  • Sets up account and manages award through its life cycle
  • Insures the sponsor is satisfied
  • Click here to view a diagram of the grants pre-award process

General contents of an award

  • Structure: basic terms and conditions with attached work scope and budget
  • Payments: scheduled; some front loading to cover anticipated expenditures
  • Budget: including indirect cost (overhead)
  • Rights in patents and other intellectual property: U owns the results of its work, but grants sponsor the right to exclusive royalty-bearing license
  • Publication rights: U protects faculty right to publish results, subject to sponsor's right of prior review with time to file patents and sponsor's right to remove its confidential information
How to find SPA

450 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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