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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

    We maintain a proprietary network of more than 18,000 global subject matter experts and access to numerous other expert databases. Contact us at peerreview@orau.org to connect to the right experts or for help recruiting subject matter experts.

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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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    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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    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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    Labor Trends & Workforce Studies

    When you need to know impacts of the important trends in the labor market, ORAU provides the data and analysis that is key to determining the effects on your industry and workforce.

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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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    Peer Review Practice

    Over the course of more than 30 years of planning, organizing and executing peer reviews, merit reviews and similar kinds of scholarly reviews, ORAU's team of peer review professionals have developed a deep understanding of the many facets of the peer review process. With Peer Review Practice we are putting the best of the lessons learned and insights gained into a collection of resources intended to help other peer review professionals benefit from our experience.

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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 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
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    Peer Review Practice: A resource library for professionals involved in peer review

    Over the course of more than 30 years of planning, organizing and executing peer reviews, merit reviews and similar kinds of scholarly reviews, ORAU's team of peer review professionals have developed a deep understanding of the many facets of the peer review process. Through Peer Review Practice, we are putting the best of the lessons learned and insights on peer review into a collection of resources intended to help other peer review professionals benefit from our experience.

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  • Peer Reviewers conduct their review to preserve funding integrity

    Peer review helps research funding agencies get the most value for their dollars

    Peer review and evaluation is the unsung hero of the research funding and proposal evaluation process, yet it is critically important to ensuring available research dollars are spent wisely. Find out why maintaining integrity is critical part of the peer review process.

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    Perspective: Integrity in Science

    Avoiding conflict of interest, preventing plagiarism, ensuring diversity of thought and avoiding implicit bias are important issues that have to be addressed in every peer review. In the end, avoiding or preventing these issues not only makes for a better review, it makes for better science.

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    Prompt peer review leads to funded research for Florida public health crisis

    The Florida Department of Health asked ORAU to develop a peer review process on an accelerated timeline to evaluate and recommend funding for research projects to address the state’s Zika virus public health crisis. 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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View the Research, Reviews & Evaluations Fact Sheet


Through a customizable peer review process using an external network of industry-specific experts, ORAU helps you make informed decisions about the quality and value of the science you pursue.

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.

Download the ORAU Research Reviews Evaluations Fact Sheet

Our Experts

Keri Cagle, M.S.

Keri Cagle, M.S.

Expertise: Peer review operations and project management, government contract compliance, process improvement, systems development, collaborative leadership and team building

Cagle is an astute business leader with an innovative mindset to use technology to revolutionize processes at ORAU. Her sponsorship of the redesigns of key systems such as PeerNet and Zintellect demonstrate her technological ability and essential collaboration and communication capabilities.

Certifications: Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Internal Auditor, Master Certification in Government Contracting

Tim Ledford

Tim Ledford, M.B.A.

Expertise: Project management, scientific peer review, risk assessment and mitigation, quality assurance and process improvements

  • Group manager of project teams for Defense Programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the State of Florida Department of Health, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Health, and others
  • Servant leader who has been involved in over 500 peer reviews and other projects for federal and state agencies, and educational institutions
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 Keri Cagle at 865.241.3804 or peerreview@orau.org.