Grant Resources

Grant Resources

Individuals planning to submit a new grant application should begin by contacting their department administrator.


Office of Grants and Contracts


The electronic pre-award system for submission of grant proposals and initiation of research contracts is called Sparta: Sponsored Programs Application for Research Tracking + Administration.  Sparta was developed by the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and Information Technology Services (ITS) with input from researchers and study support staff from across the campus. Sparta will make it easier and faster to complete and submit research funding proposals because of features such as:

  • Smart forms. The system will ask you questions appropriate to the type of research being proposed.
  • Pre-loaded fields. Commonly used information will be entered for you to minimize data entry errors.
  • Form validation. The system examines data as it is entered to minimize data entry errors.
  • Budget functionality. Cost sharing is calculated for you.
  • Automatic generation of the Form 424.
  • System-to-system submission to
  • Proposal "cloning." Once you have created a proposal, you can use it as a template for future proposals.

New NIH Biosketch Format

This is a reminder that the new NIH Biosketch format will take effect for applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015. Key changes include:

  • Extending the biosketch page limit to 5 pages
  • Allowing PIs and researchers to include up to four references in their personal statement
  • Allowing researchers to describe up to five of their most important contributions to science
  • Allowing researchers to include a link that provides access to a full list of your published work

Kathy Blazar, interim director at our Cleveland Health Sciences Library, has prepared a power point presentation that can help you navigate the new format:

A few more points to consider:

  • Investigators need to update their personal profile on eRA Commons
  • Public access compliance need to be up to date
  • All non-CWRU, most especially international, collaborators must also be compliant if they are named as key personnel.

If you have questions about the process, please contact Kathy Blazar at