Peer Merit / Review Policies

Review and Selection of Research Projects

All research projects supported by the Office of High Energy Physics (HEP) undergo regular peer review* and merit evaluation based on procedures set down in 10 CFR Part 605 for the extramural grant program and in an analogous process for the laboratory programs and scientific user facilities. The purpose of peer reviewing HEP research projects is to provide HEP program managers with independent technical evaluations. The HEP peer review process evaluates the following criteria, in order of importance:

  • Scientific and/or technical merit or the educational benefits of the project;
  • Appropriateness of the proposed method or approach;
  • Competency of applicant's personnel and adequacy of proposed resources; and
  • Reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget.

The criteria for a review may also include other appropriate factors established and announced by the Office of High Energy Physics.

The HEP peer review and merit evaluation procedures are described within the following documents:

For more information about SC's merit review system, please browse the Grants and Contracts website.


* Peer Reviews are independent assessments of the scientific merit of research by experts having knowledge of the research area equal to that of the performers of the work.

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