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Fee Policy for COMIRB Review

Guidelines on COMIRB Application Fees

Submission COMIRB fees
COMIRB Initial


COMIRB Continuing Review


COMIRB Expedited


For protocols eligible to use WIRB or other external IRBs, please see the Clinical Research Support Center’s "Ceding Review to Another IRB" page.


Federally funded protocols are charged the full review fee (and are not eligible for fee waiver) when the grantee is any of the affiliated institutions listed below.

  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA)
  • Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC)
  • The Children's Hospital (TCH)
  • University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
  • Colorado Prevention Center (CPC)


Studies NOT Charged A Review Fee:

Federally funded protocols are not charged the review fee when the grantee is University of Colorado Denver (i.e., the ICR's go to UCD). In order to be considered the grantee, UCD must receive at least 51% of the grant.

Examples of studies that fall under this category are:

  • Studies receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants
  • Studies receiving federally funded training grants
  • Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) "A" protocols
  • Studies at the Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC)
  • Subcontracted Federal agreements with entities such as:
    1. Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (AACTG)
    2. Bacteriology and Mycology Study Group (BAMSG)
    3. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    4. Gynecological Oncology Group (GOG)
    5. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)


Fee Waiver or Reduction:

Some studies MAY qualify for a fee waiver or reduction. In order to apply for a waiver or reduction you will need to submit a COMIRB Fee Waiver/Reduction Application. Situations or studies that may qualify for such a waiver or reduction are:

  • Extraordinary circumstances
  • Student Projects
  • Investigator-initiated studies without funding
  • Pilot studies
  • Foundation funded protocols with very limited funding

Protocols that are NOT ELIGIBLE for a fee waiver or reduction are:

  • Industry-sponsored or industry-initiated protocols (including CTO protocols)
  • Federally funded protocols where UCD is not the grantee (that is, where UCD does not receive at least 51% of the grant).