Workshop Format: Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee members will facilitate roundtable discussions. Invited speakers, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) staff, and committee members will be at the table and will use preselected discussion questions as a starting point for discussion. Invited speakers will be asked to provide information on the directed research and scientific merit processes used in their organization prior to the workshop.


8:30 a.m.  

Welcome, Introductions, and Organization of the Workshop


James Pawelczyk, Chair


NASA Human Research Program’s Scientific Merit Assessment Processes


John Charles, NASA


Roundtable Discussion 1: Identifying Directed Research


Facilitator: Carol Scott-Conner


Discussion Questions:


• Does your agency or organization fund directed research for any part of its research portfolio?


How does your organization determine what projects constitute directed research projects? What are the criteria? Who makes the decision that it should be directed research (“authorization to review”)?


Do you consider directed research concepts from both internal and external stakeholders?



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