Help and Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find more information about SPAR?

How can I contact SPAR? 

 

How do I retrieve a form?

Why do I get an error when I am trying to submit a form such as the intent to apply form?
 

This Web site is best viewed in a screen resolution of 1024x768, how do I change my screen?

How do I apply for a grant?
 

Budget Help?

 

FAQ Answers

Where can I find more information about SPAR? 

To learn more about SPAR, you can click here or click the About Us link to the left. 

How can I contact SPAR? 

To contact SPAR, you can click here or click the Contact Link in the top left-hand corner of your screen to view contact information for several SPAR staff members.

How do I retrieve a form?   

To find a form, you must first click the Forms link to the left which will bring you to a new page.  From there, the forms will all be listed in a drop-down menu.  Click the drop-down list and select the form you want to view and then click the "Retrieve Form" button.

Why do I get an error when I am trying to submit a form such as the intent to apply form?                       

If you are receiving an error message saying that a form cannot be submitted, it is because you are not filling in all of the required fields. Required fields are marked by an asterisk, so be sure all of these fields are filled in.

I read that this Web site is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768, how do I change my screen resolution?          

For Microsoft Windows users: Right-click the desktop and select properties.  From there, select the Settings tab and select your desired resolution.

How do I apply for a grant?                              

In order to apply for a grant, you must first be logged in.  Next, click the "Intent To Apply" link on the left navigation and the "Intent to Apply" form will be shown on your screen.  Just fill in the required fields and click the "submit" button.  A SPAR representative will contact you for an appointment.

Budget Help?

Direct costs are those which can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project and which can be directly assigned to such activities, relatively easily and with a high degree of accuracy. For example, the supplies needed for a research project are easy to identify; however, costs such as heating and air conditioning rooms and labs used by the project staff are not. The latter are indirect, defined as those that are incurred for common or joint objectives, and which cannot be identified readily and specifically with a particular sponsored project. (The federal government has recently changed the terminology used to refer to indirect costs. They are now called Facilities and Administrative, or F&A, costs.)

Federal regulations provide principles for determining which costs are applicable to agreements with the government.  They also identify which of those costs may be charged as direct and which must be charged as Facilities and Administrative Costs.  Furthermore, the rules state that the distinction between direct and Facilities and Administrative Costs must be maintained consistently throughout the university regardless of the source of funding.