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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.

We put that knowledge to use every day as we help state, federal, and international agencies manage the peer review process. Our third-party neutral standing in these reviews lends credibility and reduces conflict when assisting in the identification of the most deserving recipients of research funding. And now, 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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    With more than 30 years of peer review experience, ORAU shares tips, tricks, and lessons learned to continue building a better scientific enterprise through grant proposal peer review.  
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Our Experts

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

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

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s research, reviews and evaluations, contact Keri Cagle at 865.241.3804 or