The Maine Medical Center Scientific Review Committee (SRC) supports the IRB review process and provides scientific review for projects seeking internal funding. The SRC also serves a mentoring role, by providing constructive advice and feedback to investigators. There are three pathways to SRC review:
Scientific Review Only: The SRC assists the IRB by evaluating the scientific merit of investigator-initiated studies that are conducted at Maine Medical Center (MMC) and which carry more than a minimal risk to human subjects. Risk determination is performed by the IRB and may occur after a proposal has been submitted for IRB review, or when requested by the Investigator prior to IRB submission. After receiving SRC approval and making any recommended revisions, the investigator may then submit their proposal for IRB review.
Mentored Research Grant Applications: The SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations about funding for projects proposed by trainees and junior faculty who are working with a MMC mentor. These studies must be submitted to the SRC for review prior to any IRB submission.
Scientific Review plus funding recommendations for internally funded faculty research projects: On request, the SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations about funding for MMC programs that periodically announce a Request for Applications (RFA). These studies must be submitted to the SRC for review prior to any IRB submission.