OSP staff use SPAERC (Sponsored Projects Administration & Electronic Research Compliance) to:

  • Review and approve applications
  • Create funding and administrative actions
  • Manage subawards
  • Organize related applications, subawards, and actions into cycles.

The following image shows the SPAERC “tabs” for accessing items.

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To use SPAERC, one of the OSP ASTRA administrators must give you access. There are several OSP roles available:

  • OSP Administrator is for OSP staff in general
  • OSP Subcontracts is for OSP staff in the subcontracts group
  • OSP System Administrator has additional authority and is limited to a few OSP staff
  • SPAERC Read-Only is for central office employees outside of OSP who need to view applications and related items