Sponsored Programs and Research Office

Denver Health provides grant management support through the Sponsored Programs and Research Office (SPARO) with the administrative, financial, and regulatory compliance capacity necessary to manage a $120+ million grant portfolio. SPARO is a critical component of in the Office of Research, serves as Denver Health's official centralized coordinating office, assisting providers and staff in managing funding support for research, instruction, public service, and other special project grants and contracts.

SPARO monitors compliance with federal regulations, institutional and sponsoring agency policies and procedures regarding the management of financial aspects of sponsored research programs; clarifies proposal submission procedures and processing of awards for external sponsored program funds to guarantee uniform administrative processes among Denver Health's departments. SPARO functions as a liaison between sponsors and the Principal Investigator in matters of policy, procedures, and regulations.

SPARO is comprised primarily of Grant Management, Grant Accounting, and the Grant Contracting teams, with a comprehensive central office approach to lifecycle award management.

SPARO bridges the divide between research administration and researcher teams through the application of lean management principles. This systems-focused approach to process improvement puts the Investigator experience at the core of continuously improving solutions. SPARO works to ensure comprehensive research and grant compliance while focusing on proactively reducing process waste in all aspects of grant and contracts administration. Contact us at: sparo@dhha.org

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