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:

  1. 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.
  2. Mentored Research Grant Applications: The SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations with regards to 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.
  3. Scientific Review plus funding recommendations for internally funded faculty research projects: On request, the SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations with regards to funding for MMC programs that periodically announce a Request for Applications (RFA). These studies must be submitted to the SRC for review prior to IRB submission.

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Quarterly Scientific Review Committee (SRC) meetings that consider Mentored Research Grant proposals occur on the first Tuesday of February, May, August, and November.

Submission Deadline: Scientific Review Committee Meeting Date:
  • January 16, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • July 10, 2023
  • October 16, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • May 2, 2023
  • August 1, 2023
  • November 7, 2023

The SRC meets on the first Tuesday of each month, unless the day falls on a holiday.  Meetings occur from 1 – 3 pm and are taking place on Zoom until further notice.  Mentored Research Grant program applications are accepted on a rolling basis (submission deadlines below); however applications are only reviewed on a quarterly basis on dates noted with asterisk.

Submission Dates:

October 10, 2022
November 14, 2022
December 12, 2022
January 16, 2023
February 13, 2023
March 13, 2023
April 10, 2023
May 15, 2023
June 12, 2023
July 10, 2023
August 14, 2023
September 11, 2023
October 16, 2023
November 13, 2023

Meeting Date:

November 1*, 2022
December 6, 2022
January 3, 2023
February 7*, 2023
March 7, 2023
April 4, 2023
May 2*, 2023
June 6, 2023
July 11, 2023
August 1*, 2023
September 5, 2023
October 3, 2023
November 7*, 2023
December 5, 2023

*Mentored Research Grant applications reviewed.

Scientific Review Committee Members

David Clark, MD

Wendy Craig, PhD

Robert Koza, PhD (Chair)

Volkhard Lindner, MD, PhD

Lee Lucas, PhD

Kimberly Malka, MD, PhD

Tania Strout, PhD, RN, MS

Joseph Wax, MD

Teresa May, DO

Kristen Woodberry, MSW, PhD

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