Scientific Coordinating Committee

The purpose of the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SCC) is to determine the scientific value, feasibility and methodology of proposed research projects and of on-going studies according to its terms of reference (TOR). It also assesses whether it aligns to MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM's research priorities and objectives. The committee consists of scientists and heads of research related departments - Gambia Government representatives are invited to these meetings. The SCC is chaired by the Disease Control and Elimination Theme Leader, Professor Umberto d'Alessandro.

Procedures for Applicants to the SCC

The deadline for submissions by applicants is 14 days before the actual meeting of the SCC. The dates of the deadlines and meetings are indicated in the Calendar below. Please note that the SCC administration cannot accept submissions sent after the deadline!

New projects (proposals) including ancillary studies are to be submitted in a completed SCC Application Form and Resources Sheet - available through the SCC Administrator ( or for MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM employees by downloading from the intranet - along with accompanying documents such as informed consent documents for participants, questionnaires, CVs, etc. Other submissions such as request for further use of data or biological samples, etc., are to be sent in a letter together with the Resources Sheet and accompanying documents to the SCC Administrator. Further details for application to the SCC are described in the SOP for Submissions to the Scientific Coordinating Committee (SOP-RES-002) that is available on this page under SCC Public; SOPs and Policies as well as all forms, templates and guides.

The resources needed for a research activity is reviewed by the Resource Review Committee (RRC) and its decision is taken into consideration by the SCC.

The meetings of the SCC are held on the first Monday of every month at 8:30 at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM, Fajara. The Principal Investigator (PI) or his/her representative will normally present the proposal to the members of the SCC at its meeting.

Some days after the meetings, applicants will receive letters from the Chairman communicating the decisions of the committee. Submissions involving human participants or their samples or data that are approved by the SCC are being forwarded directly to the Ethics Committee for review.