All research submissions must first be reviewed by the Sponsored Programs and Research Office (SPARO) in the DHHA Office of Research. If SPARO approves the study, they will provide the PI an Acknowledgement to Submit Protocol for COMIRB Review. Upload this SPARO letter into InfoEd with your submission to COMIRB. COMIRB will not review the study if the SPARO letter is not attached.
SPARO reviews the research for numerous reasons, including the following:
The DHHA PI is responsible for assuring that DHHA policies and procedures are followed. This person and all DHHA study personnel must complete DHHA Research Compliance Training modules in Cornerstone (search for Research Compliance).
A SPARO letter is not required for Amendments or Continuing Reviews unless DHHA is being added as a new site.