Scientific Peer Review
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) supports federal agencies—such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)—by providing a customizable peer review process to ensure that government-funded research possesses the scientific merit and feasibility that is necessary to produce quality science.
Using an external network of industry-specific experts, ORISE enlists the support of academic reviewers for the implementation of a variety of peer review formats—including modest panel reviews; cost-saving, virtual reviews using PeerNet; as well as large-scale reviews involving hundreds of reviewers over multiple days.
ORISE maintains process integrity through its peer review management by ensuring confidentiality and effectively managing conflicts of interest. This commitment to quality assurance has guided ORISE as it has planned, organized and conducted independent and objective reviews and other meetings related to:
- Needs identification
- Proposal solicitation
- Objective proposal review
- Award determination
- Program evaluation
How ORISE is making a difference
- Supporting DOE’s mission to recognize outstanding scientists, engineers
- Enhancing tools and services to support DOE research
- Standardization of scientific peer reviews
- Cost savings and customer service
- DOE funded research
- Implementing improvements
- Homeland security
- Enhancing energy efficiency
In FY12, ORAU provided peer review and award ceremony support to several DOE Office of Science award programs.