Institutional Review Board (IRB)

As of August 1st, 2023, to provide the most effective and efficient review process, the CSU IRB will require a developed protocol as an attachment to Kuali submissions for all non-Exempt (Expedited and Full Board) research. This requirement aligns with other R01 institutions, as well as Association for Accredited Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) national IRB standards. A copy of the protocol templates can be found here. Questions about this, or about the IRB submission process should be directed to

Want to connect with the IRB team? 

IRB Coordinators hold virtual office hours every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:30. Please email our team at to schedule a slot of 15 or 30 minutes. We look forward to talking with you!  

Colorado State University (CSU) fosters a research environment that promotes the respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by or under the auspices of the Organization.  In support of this, Colorado State University has established a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).  The Colorado State University HRPP, in partnership with its research community, is responsible for ensuring the ethical and equitable treatment of all human subjects in research conducted under Colorado State University’s auspices.

The CSU HRPP consists of various individuals and committees including IRB Staff, the Biomedical IRB Committee, the Social Behavioral IRB commitee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety, Conflict of Interest, Clinical Trials Office(ClinTro), Legal Counsel, investigators, research staff, health and safety staff and research laboratory staff. The objective of this system is to assist the organization in meeting ethical principles and regulatory requirements for the protection of human subjects in research.

The mission of the HRPP is to:

  • Safeguard and promote the health and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that their rights, safety, and well-being are protected
  • Provide guidance and support to the research community in the conduct of research with human subjects;
  • Assist the research community in ensuring compliance with relevant regulations
  • To provide timely and high-quality education, review, and monitoring of human research projects; and
  • To facilitate excellence in research with human subjects.

The HRPP includes mechanisms to:

  • Monitor, evaluate and continually improve the protection of human research participants
  • Exercise responsible oversight of human subjects research
  • Educate IRB members, investigators, and staff about their ethical responsibility to protect research participants
  • When appropriate, intervene in research and respond directly to concerns of research participants.

45 CFR 46 defines “Research” as a systematic investigation (i.e. the gathering and analysis of information) designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. (46.102(d)) For more information, view Is My Project Research?

45 CFR 46 defines “Human Subjects” as a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research: Obtains information or biospecimens through intervention or interaction with the individual, and uses, studies, or analyzes the information or biospecimens; or (ii) Obtains, uses, studies, analyzes, or generates identifiable private information or identifiable biospecimens. (46.102(e.1)) For more information, view Does My Project Involve “Human Subjects”?

IRB Name: Colorado State U IRB #1
IRB Affiliation: Colorado State University
Oversight Authorities: United States: Federal
FWA Number: 00000647 (expires 01/13/2027)
IORG (Institution/Organization) number: 0000122
IRB Number: 00000202 (expires 04/22/2024)

IRB Name: Colorado State U IRB #2
IRB Affiliation: Colorado State University
Oversight Authorities: United States: Federal
FWA Number: 00000647 (expires 01/13/2027)
IORG (Institution/Organization) number: 0000122
IRB Number: 00010468 (expires 04/22/2024)