Submission Guides

Complete the following steps to submit your new study


Before you begin, please note that all investigators and research staff must complete the required education courses, gain access to the InfoEd eRA website, and complete several other tasks. These tasks can take several days to complete, so please factor that into your planning.


Determine if you need to submit for institutional approval

COMIRB's affiliated institutions each require investigators to submit for institutional approval prior to submitting to COMIRB. Please contact the appropriate institutional research office for each of the following sites involved with your research: 

  • CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, or Highlands Ranch Hospital: Your research may need to be submitted through the Human Subject Research Portal to gain institutional approval. Check the HSR Portal page for submission requirements.
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority: Contact the SPARO Office at
  • Children's Hospital Colorado: Contact Any study taking place at CHCO must go through the HSR Portal and be reviewed by the CHCO Research Start-Up Committee.
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center: Your research may need to be submitted to PRMS before COMIRB review.
  • Denver VA Medical Center: Contact the Research Administrative Office at 303-399-8020 ext. 2755 
  • CU Denver Downtown Campus: Research conducted solely on the Downtown Denver Campus does not require any institutional approval in addition to COMIRB review. However, COMIRB review is still required.

Complete the application form

If your research involves only the collection and analysis of data or biological specimens which were originally collected for another purpose, you are requesting a waiver of consent, and you will not contact subjects to participate in other parts of your project, your study may qualify for use of the Secondary Research Application. For more information, visit our Secondary Research Submission Guide.

For all other studies, the Application for Protocol Review Form should be used.

Please note: since the Application is a Smart PDF, it cannot open in the browser (which is typically the default setting) and must be opened in Adobe Acrobat or another PDF viewer program. To open the form, follow these steps:

  1. Using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser, click on the form to download.
  2. When you see the Please Wait message, click on the download arrow (top right corner, next to the print icon).
  3. Save the form to your computer downloads or another folder you can find it.
  4. Do not try to open the document from the bottom of your screen. Instead, go to the folder where you saved the form, right click it, and click Open With > Adobe Acrobat.
Download the Application for Protocol Review Form

Compile supporting documents

Documents should be labeled with the PI's name, page numbers, the protocol number (assigned during the electronic submission process), and version date. COMIRB electronically stamps consent documents in the top right-hand corner which covers any content in that area. Please do not place content in the top right-hand corner of these documents.
For document templates, please check the COMIRB forms page

Submit the materials to COMIRB via the InfoEd eRA website

First-time users are encouraged to attend our Beginner's Guide to InfoEd eRa course (CTSA33); View the calendar of available courses.

To obtain a COMIRB number (24-XXXX) and create a new protocol submission: select the Denver or Anschutz campus from the InfoEd eRA login page. Then, click Human Protocol, and Create New Human Protocol. 

For help with your submission or the submission process, please contact our help desk at

Complete the following steps to submit your study amendment


Create new study documents and/or revise existing study documents

Your amendment may involve adding new documents, like a new advertisement or survey. Your amendment may involve revising existing study documents to reflect the change you are making. Keep in mind that information relevant to your change may affect multiple documents. For instance, adding a new survey to your study will likely require revisions to your protocol and perhaps your application form and consent form.

If you are making changes to documents that were previously submitted to and approved by COMIRB, it is necessary to upload 2 copies of the revised version of each document you are amending. One copy of the revised document should be a marked-up version using Microsoft Office’s “track-changes” feature to show changes made, and the second document should be the clean (no markup) version for stamping. If the “track-changes” feature is not available, please submit a highlighted (in yellow or green) version, or provide a detailed list of changes. Important note: it is not possible to track changes or highlight the smart PDF version of the Application for Protocol Review Form.​

Include necessary information

Include a cover letter that tells us about your amendment. What is the purpose of the amendment? What is the rationale for the amendment?

Complete the Change Form

Please be detailed about the study changes (including personnel changes).
Change Form

Complete the following steps to submit your study for Continuing Review


If you plan to request any changes to your study (including personnel changes) in addition to requesting Continuing Review of your study, you must submit those change requests in an Amendment submission separate from your Continuing Review. That is, you will be making two separate submissions to COMIRB via the InfoEd eRa website: a Continuing Review submission to request that your study be authorized for another year, and an Amendment submission to request the changes to your study.


Check required training

If any study personnel need to renew their CITI training, please ask them to do so. This will prevent delays in renewing your approval.
Required Training

Check annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Make sure that your study personnel have completed their annual COI disclosure. This will prevent delays in renewing your approval.

Review COMIRB requests from the previous year

Review COMIRB approval letters over the past year and make sure you have responded to any requests for changes.

Submit the materials to the COMIRB via the InfoEd eRa

Complete the following steps to submit your Unanticipated Problem Report


Complete the Unanticipated Problem Report (UAP) Form

UAP Form

Compile all supporting documents relevant to Unanticipated Problem Report

For example, Audit Reports, DSMB Reports, Safety Reports, Sponsor Letters.
Required Documents

Submit the materials to the COMIRB via the InfoEd eRa website

Exempt Studies

If you would like to close an open Exempt study, please email your request to​. In the email identify the Principal Investigator and the COMIRB protocol number.

Full Board and Expedited Studies

To close a study, make a Study Closure submission in InfoEd eRA. Attach a cover letter which explains why you would like to close the study. Attach Continuing Review Form.

To re-open a study that was previously closed, make a Continuing Review submission in InfoEd eRA. If the study has been closed or expired for more than two years, please contact COMIRB at or 303-724-1055.

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