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When a federal, state or private research funding organization disseminates scientific information or awards grants, it is critical that the proposed information be scientifically feasible and have verifiable technical merit. Through a customizable peer review process using an external network of industry-specific experts, ORAU is helping agencies and other organizations make informed decisions about the quality and value of the science they pursue.

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    Expert Network & Recruiting

    ORAU can identify and recruit experts in any academic or professional discipline for peer reviews and program evaluations.

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    Peer Review

    ORAU brings decades of experience in scientific peer review and merit review for agencies and organizations of all sizes.

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    Program Assessment & Evaluation

    ORAU has experience evaluating national and international, single-site and multi-site STEM-focused programs and focuses on evaluating federally-funded programs, processes and services at national laboratories and universities.

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    Research Services

    ORAU’s team of researchers and information scientists bring many decades of experience to your research problem, and can conduct research on your behalf that gets to the real need behind the request and compiles the right information from the right sources.

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    STEM Evaluation Repository

    The collaborative STEM Evaluation Repository is an interface for searching, sorting, filtering and displaying listings related to the evaluation of STEM education and workforce development initiatives.

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What we offer

  • Plan and host in-person and virtual peer reviews
  • Manage peer reviews using ORAU’s PeerNet or customer’s online review or grants management system
  • Identify leading experts in any academic or professional discipline
  • Recruit the best-qualified experts to participate in peer reviews and program evaluations
  • Manage all travel, honoraria and other arrangements for the expert panel
  • Design and plan customized evaluations
  • Conduct research using databases, internet sources, publications and human interviews
  • Conduct comprehensive formative and summative annual evaluations for STEM-related programs
  • Perform longitudinal evaluations of STEM workforce development programs
  • Collaborate to provide a repository for searching and displaying listings related to the evaluation of STEM education and workforce development initiatives
  • Peer review participant using PeerNet web-based application

    Florida’s Zika crisis supported by ORAU's peer review experts

    The Florida Department of Health asked ORAU to develop a peer review process to evaluate and recommend funding for additional Zika-related research projects. ORAU responded by providing the Department of Health with an efficient, virtual peer review process that included a system to accept proposals and an administrative review of proposals by international subject matter experts.

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    ORAU Peer Review helps determine funding for DOE Office of Science major research programs

    ORAU-led peer review helped DOE-SC distribute $282M in research funding across six programs.

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Our Experts

Leslie Shapard

Leslie Shapard, Ph.D.

Expertise: Peer and merit reviews and related scientific meetings and reports, program management, project planning, ethics

Tim Ledford

Tim Ledford

Expertise: Project management, scientific peer review, gap analysis, risk assessment and mitigation, quality assurance

  • Project manager for peer review and other projects for the Office of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, and Defense Programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration and other programs in DOE-SC
  • Task lead, 500+ peer review and other projects for DOE, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies
Meredith Goins

Meredith P. Goins, M.I.S.

Expertise: Subject matter expert (SME) recruitment, information science, knowledge management, scientific impact of SMEs as measured through bibliometrics and altmetrics

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s research, reviews and evaluations, contact Leslie Shapard at 865.241.5784 or peerreview@orau.org.