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IRBNet Training & Resources


To access IRBNet, go to www.irbnet.org.

  • Please Note:  All submissions to the IRB are to be made by the Principal Investigator.  MSU Denver's IRB requires that the Principal Investigator on any human research study be a member of the faculty or staff.  Student researchers will not be allowed to register or submit through IRBNet.
  • IRBNet training “energizers” provide step-by-step screenshots to guide you through accessing and using the system.  Brief IRBNet training videos can also guide researchers through new project submissions and post-submission management of projects.
  • IRB Forms and Templates are found in the IRBNet Library and on our website under Researcher Materials!
  •  After reviewing these resources and accessing IRBNet, if you have any questions or need any assistance please contact the HSPP.

#1 How to Register with IRBNet and Create a Profile:

Review IRBNet: How to Register as a New User (screenshots), to:

  • Create and activate your account in IRBNet
  • Manage your affiliations from your User Profile
  • Add and submit necessary Training & Credential records
  • Maintain your Training & Credential records on an on-going basis

A note on Training & Credentials for IRB submissions:  The IRB requires the Principal Investigator to provide a current curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé with submissions.  This can be simply uploaded to your profile and submitted to the IRB.  Your CITI completion report can also be uploaded to your profile and submitted.  Researchers can also review this information, IRBNet: How to Upload CV & CITI Training, for specific questions on managing training and credentials in IRBNet.


#2 How to Create a New Study and Submit an Initial Review:

Review IRBNet: How to Submit a New Project for Review (screenshots), to:

  • Login to IRBNet
  • Manage projects
  • Build your first electronic project package.  
  • Share projects with your research team and communicate with co-investigators (At MSU Denver, registered IRBNet users are only members of the faculty or staff)
  • Sign your submission package
  • Submit your project for IRB review
  • Revise incomplete submissions
  • Access review decisions and IRB documentation

Want a demonstration?  This IRBNet training video will take you step-by-step through a New Project Submission.


When you build submission packages in IRBNet, create and upload your study materials as distinct documents within your submission package (e.g., research protocol, consent form, questionnaire, etc.).  Clearly title each document and keep track of version numbers (or version dates).


#3 How to Manage Submitted Projects:

(submit revisions, modifications, or continuing reviews for existing projects)

Review IRBNet: How to Manage Projects After Submission (screenshots), to:

  • Learn about advanced project management
  • Manage project reminders
  • Review project messages and alerts
  • Create a subsequent package (respond to modifications required, continuing review submission, amendments to approved projects)
  • Add and revise documents
  • Complete and submit subsequent packages

Want a demonstration? This IRBNet training video will take you step-by-step through Post-Submission Advanced Topics.


Tips for IRBNet submissions:

TIP#1:  Once a study is created in IRBNet, follow the guidance for managing submitted projects to add subsequent packages for further activities (continuing reviews, modifications, etc.).  The idea is to keep the same six-digit assigned IRBNet number for the study.  But, the submission package is noted each time following that number.  For example, your new study can be assigned the number 654321-1.  A subsequent revision would receive the number 654321-2.  Then a continuing review would receive the next package number 654321-3.  And so on...

TIP#2:  Each activity that requires an IRB form (initial review, continuing review, modification, reportable new information) also requires a separate submission package in IRBNet.  If you are submitting for continuing review and proposing a modification at the same, these activities should be submitted in IRBNet as two separate submission packages for the same project.  As a rule, develop your submission package around one form.

TIP#3:  To better manage study documents in IRBNet, create and upload your study materials as distinct documents within your submission package.  Clearly title each document and keep track of version numbers (or version dates). This way, you can more easily make requested or needed revisions to documents and manage your approved materials.  An example:

    • Initial Review Form_v.1
    • Research Protocol_v.1
    • Recruitment Script_v.1
    • Consent Form_v.1
    • Questionnaire_v.1
    • Demographic Form_v.1
    • CITI Training for Researchers
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