Ensuring the best use of scientific research funding

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) manages scientific peer reviews for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies. Peer reviews provide critical, independent assessment of research proposals and program performance to help sponsors determine the quality of research proposals and accuracy of scientific information.  

Our capabilities span the entire peer review process, from planning and reviewer identification to evaluating proposals and implementing improvements. By recruiting subject matter experts, ORISE enlists the support of academic reviewers for the facilitation of a variety of peer review formats—including in-person grant review panels; cost-saving, virtual peer review panels; as well as large-scale reviews involving hundreds of participants over multiple days.  

What is Peer Review? 
Effective peer review management supports better decision making to fund scientific research.  

Peer Review Planning
ORISE works carefully to develop a scientific review process that meets the specific needs of each sponsor and manages the process with the highest level of process integrity.  

Peer Review Management
Whether the review is large or small, focused on judging research proposals or focused on evaluating the progress of a program, ORISE provides a number of peer review formats to best fit sponsor needs. 

PeerNet™ - Proposal Evaluation Management System
PeerNet™, ORAU’s proposal evaluation management system, is accessible 24 hours a day and provides electronic distribution of research proposals or products; collects reviewer comments and ratings; and reports on the evaluations submitted by reviewers. 

Portfolio Analysis and Management System
The Portfolio Analysis and Management System, or PAMS for short, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science electronic grants management system.