SPARK is a campus-wide initiative focused on improving the management of proposals and awards through the sponsored research life-cycle. Our goal is to transform research administration by streamlining and standardizing business processes so that less time is spent on administrative activities. Once fully developed, SPARK will offer a single portal to several synergistic electronic Research Administration (eRA) systems and tools, internal and external to UC Davis, for researchers and department administrators.

Available Systems

  • BUA Application: Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) are required for research involving certain activities or materials, such as recombinant DNA technology, work with infectious agents, work with human or non-human primate materials, or the storage of biohazardous materials. BUA applications are approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Cayuse Research Administration
    • Cayuse SP: Submit proposal materials and Advance Account Requests to Sponsored Programs and view Award and Subaward documents.
    • Cayuse 424: Submit most proposals to federal sponsors.
    • Learn more about Cayuse on the Cayuse page.
    • View the Training page for user guides, videos and other resources.
  • eCOI: This new system will allow investigators to electronically sign and submit all financial conflict of interest (COI) disclosures online, regardless of the disclosure requirements imposed by the funding source. View the training guides on the COI page.
  • eRA Commons: Supports the full life cycle of NIH grants, and includes NIH ASSIST (the proposal submission module). View eRA Commons Training Videos and other help resources on the eRA Commons Help page.
  • IACUC Application: Animal Care and Use Protocols must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before any activities (research, teaching, or testing) are conducted on live, vertebrate-animals. This online application will assist you in submitting your activities.
  • IRBNet: A robust set of electronic tools supporting the management, submission, review and oversight of clinical research protocols.
  • NOAA Grants Online: eRA system for proposals to NOAA. View the NOAA Grants Online Program Management Offices training resources.
  • NSF FastlLane: Supports the full life cycle of NSF grants. View the FastLane User Guide.
  • Full, research non-collaborative proposals may be submitted to NSF either in FastLane or Learn more about the transition to View the Help System.
  • Research Core Facilities Program: Enables access to state-of-the-art research equipment and services around campus.
  • Research Funding: An online system in which the researcher can search for particular funding opportunities and apply to those that require internal coordination. View the FAQs.
  • Pivot: A great tool for finding funding opportunities and potential collaborators.
  • Links to other eRA systems and their associated help resources are available in the eRA Systems Matrix.