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University of Colorado Denver

Office of Grants and Contracts

Electronic Research Administration


To provide excellence in the development and implementation of the InfoEd eRA electronic submission and reporting system that facilitates the vision, goals and objectives of the University of Colorado delivering superior communication and service
What is InfoEd eRA?
The InfoEd eRA Portal is the official electronic research administration system adopted by the University of Colorado to mana​ge the research lifecycle from start to finish including proposal application and submission, sponsor award, renewals and project closeouts. This system enables faculty, administrators and staff to efficiently track grants and contracts through its life span with 24-7 availability.
Modules currently available for use at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus include:
Electronic Proposal Routing: (Implementing Now) Provides for the efficient routing of all sponsor proposals (new, renewals, continuations, and supplements) for internal review and approvals.
Conflict of Interest (COI): Tracks the required Federal regulation policy to ensure compliance of financial and personal activities. COI Announcement and Procedures
Human Subjects Reporting (COMIRB): Provides for the electronic submission and approval review of all proposed human subject research projects in accordance with mandated Federal regulations. COMIRB
Proposal Tracking: Provides Principal Investigators and Administrators with access to view the progress of proposal submissions including proposed and awarded budget information.
Research Administration Terminology
Grants Administration Policies
Grant and Funding Opportunities
Sponsor Deadlines
Training Resources
Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB)
The Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) administration provides office support for the five institutional review board (IRB) panels and processes protocols submitted for review under the expedited or exempt process.
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
Provides comprehensive environmental, health and safety services to the University community. This includes education through training and consultation, maintaining a safe environment through recognizing and controlling health and safety hazards and ensuring a process of regulatory compliance.
Export Control (Guidance)
Working with foreign national collaborators, institutions, or students may fall under the purview of various federal export control laws.
Research Ethics & Scientific Misconduct (Regulatory Compliance)
Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Committee on Ionizing Radiation (CIR)
Radioactive Drug Research (RDRC)
Conflict of Interest (COI)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The HIPAA Privacy Rule regulates the use and disclosure of individually identifiable health information and gives individuals the right to determine and restrict access to their health information.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Responsible for the oversight and evaluation of the Institution's animal care and use program, procedures and facilities, ensuring compliance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy.
Technology Transfer Office (TTO)
Located at the CU Boulder Campus
The Technology Transfer Office provides patent and other commercialization support to researchers at CU's four campuses, and serves as a liaison for industry partners interested in commercializing CU technologies

The Electronic Research Administration team offers training sessions to assist Principal Investigators, Department Administrators and other users to effectively utilize the InfoEd eRA system. There are a variety of sessions available to meet the diverse needs of the University of Colorado. All sessions are meant to be interactive to meet individual training needs.
In-Person Training
InfoEd eRA training sessions are offered at the CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses monthly. Sessions include Basic InfoEd, Electronic Routing and Proposal Development. Classroom sessions provide the opportunity for a hands-on learning environment with interactive practice example instruction.
Webinar Training Sessions
Webinar sessions are offered for those who cannot attend an In-Person Classroom Environment. Sessions are offered monthly to include Basic InfoEd, Electronic Routing and Proposal Development. Webinar events are presented as InfoEd eRA demonstrations that are meant to be interactive to include sufficient time for discussion and questions.
Department Training Sessions
Department training sessions are offered to provide group instruction that meets the specific department structure and processes. Sessions include Basic InfoEd, Electronic Routing and Proposal Development. The ERA team is available to offer process improvement recommendations to facilitate the effective use of the InfoEd eRA system. Department Sessions are available and scheduled by appointment with the ERA team.
InfoEd eRA Lab Sessions
Proposal Development lab sessions are available to Principal Investigators and Department Administrators who are interested in working on grant proposals while having one-on-one access to InfoEd system trainers. Bring your proposal documents and specific questions to the working session. (Button to Lab Session Calendar Tab)

Contact OGC-eRA To Register for an InfoED Era lab Training Session Lab

The InfoEd eRA system implementation is currently underway and will be rolled out in phases by Department and Proposal Type.

Phase 1: Proposal Development – NIH Application Submissions

Status:  Completed

Details:  All NIH application submissions are now required to be submitted via InfoEd eRA, with  some minor exceptions.

Who is involved:  All departments.

When: NIH Cycle 3 submission period, ending November 2013

Phase 2: Electronic Proposal Routing

Status:  Phase Two is underway.

Details:  Phase Two is focusing on using InfoEd eRA for all routing needs, for all departments.

Who is involved:  All departments routing grants and contracts.

When: To be completed by December 31, 2014.

Phase 3: Proposal Development Rollout

Status: We are preparing for this significant transition with additional training sessions, walk-in hours at computer labs, and webinars to facilitate efficient routing and high quality submissions. 

Details: In Phase 3 centers and schools preparing NIH proposals are to be built and routed in PD.

The helpful pre-populated and standardized institutional information is formatted within PD.  All those involved with the proposal PIs, administrators and OGC have viewing and editing options accordingly to their access rights.  Conflict of Interest (COI) compliance is displayed immediately when key personnel are added to the budget to provide an advanced notice of their status. Grants.Gov (G.G) validations can be run prior to submission to check for most errors and warnings and the assembled proposal is viewable for quality control.  Submission statuses using S2S are displayed faster than with former PDF versions along with G.G identification number eliminating numerous cumbersome emails.

Who is involved: Centers, departments and schools preparing NIH research proposals, the Office of Grants and Contracts along with Electronic Research Administration.

When: By November 2014.


The Electronic Research Administration team operates within the Research Administration Department to configure and implement the InfoEd eRA system.

The ERA team has responsibility to:
  • Analyze business processes
  • Develop efficient electronic procedures
  • Test applications and upgrades
  • Provide faculty and administration training and documentation
  • To communicate to the CU Denver |Anschutz Medical Campus.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Collins, MSCIT
Assistant Director of Electronic Research Administration
Betsy oversees the implementation and use of the InfoEd Grants module, among other duties. Betsy has 20 years of experience in Higher Education, with 14 of those years in Information Technology. Prior to joining Grants and Contracts, she worked for 2 years as an Applications Consultant for SunGard Higher Education. Betsy also worked for 15 years at the University of Colorado Foundation, most recently serving as the Director of Technology and Reporting Services. Betsy holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Colorado Boulder and an M.S. in Computer Information Technologies from Regis University.

Office Phone: 303-724-0093          Email:
Arnauld Kokou Kao
Data and System Analyst
Arnauld Kao is the Data and System Analyst having responsibility for OGC data reporting, application testing, OGC’s website maintenance, and some of the InfoEd eRA Proposal Tracking module management. Prior to joining the OGC team at CU Arnauld worked for 6 years at Dish Network as a Business and Operations Analyst.  Arnauld holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. 

Office Phone: 303-724-0043           Email:

Jordan Dietrich
Application Support Analyst - InfoEd eRA 

Jordan Dietrich provides support to principle investigators and department administrators for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.  Jordan earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in International Affairs and attended a post-graduate program at the International College of Hospitality Administration (ICHA) in Brig, Switzerland.  Jordan has 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry in a wide varity of positions and 9 years of experience in software firms, including system design, quality assurance, installation, training and technical support.

Office Phone:  303-724-0150             Email:

Cheri VonFeldt
Module Administrator

Cheri Schmidt is a Module Administrator having responsibility for managing and overseeing the ongoing use of InfoEd eRA for Sponsored Research and Regulatory Compliance.  Cheri has 13 years of experience in information technology.  She has worked for the University of Colorado in technical roles for 6 years.  Cheri holds a BA in Phychology and a MS in Information Systems from the University of Colorado Denver.

Office Phone: 303-724-7365           Email:

Mary S. Powell, BS
Business Analyst
Mary’s role as Business Analyst supports the rollout and use of the Electronic Research Administration (ERA) application.  She provides training, support and liaison between academic departments, OGC PreAward and ERA.  Mary has extensive pre- and post-award management, budget development and administration from several universities, including the University of Colorado since 1991, University of Hawai`i, Manoa and Oregon Health and Sciences University.  Mary holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University.
Office Phone: 303-724-0489             Email:
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