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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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Workshop Agenda and List of Participants

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
National Academy of Sciences

Committee on the Review of NASA Human Research Program’s Scientific Merit Assessment Processes

Workshop on Evaluating the Scientific Merit of Directed Research* Proposals
March 28, 2012
20F Conference Center
Washington, DC

Focus: This workshop is focused on scientific merit assessment processes, and specifically those processes used to assess directed research.

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*Directed research is defined for the purposes of this workshop as commissioned or noncompetitively awarded research that is not competitively solicited because of specific reasons, such as time limitations or highly focused or constrained research topics. The research topic may be identified by the sponsor or by submission of an unsolicited proposal from external researchers.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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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.

AGENDA

8:30 a.m.  

Welcome, Introductions, and Organization of the Workshop

   

James Pawelczyk, Chair

9:00  

NASA Human Research Program’s Scientific Merit Assessment Processes

   

John Charles, NASA

9:30  

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?

10:30  

Break

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

Roundtable Discussion 2: Scientific Merit Assessment

   

Facilitator: Ian Graham

   

Discussion Questions:

   

• What type(s) of scientific merit assessment review does your organization use to assess directed research proposals? How does it differ from your process for assessing scientific merit for other types of research?

   

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each type of review?

   

What metrics are used in the review to evaluate scientific merit?

   

Who decides that a research project should be approved and that the research should be initiated (“authorization to proceed”)?

12:15  

Lunch

1:00  

Roundtable Discussion 3: Evaluation and Quality Improvement

   

Facilitator: Kathie Olsen

   

Discussion Questions:

   

Monitoring progress and evaluating project results:

   

◦ How is the progress of a directed research project monitored over the course of the project? How is the success of each project evaluated once it is complete?

   

◦ What metrics are used and over what period of time? (e.g., Did the researcher deliver the product on time? Did the result meet the needs of the requestor?)

   

Evaluating the directed research process:

   

◦ How is the overall quality of directed research process evaluated?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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o What metrics are used and with what frequency? Who conducts the evaluation?

   

o Do researchers provide feedback about the process and if so, how is that feedback incorporated? Are other quality improvement processes used?

   

o What is done to ensure transparency of the process?

2:30  

Break

2:45  

Roundtable Discussion 4: Dialogue with NASA Sponsors

   

Facilitator: James Pawelczyk, Chair

   

Discussion about NASA’s directed research processes

4:15  

Closing Remarks

   

James Pawelczyk, Chair

4:30 p.m.  

Adjourn

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

IOM Committee Members

James A. Pawelczyk, Chair

Associate Professor of Physiology, Kinesiology and Medicine

Pennsylvania State University

Michelle H. Biros

Professor and Vice Chair of Research

Department of Emergency Medicine

Hennepin County Medical Center

University of Minnesota Medical School

Divya Chandra

Principal Technical Advisor

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Department of Transportation

Ian D. Graham

Associate Professor

University of Ottawa

Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Associate Administrator

Agricultural Research Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Kathie L. Olsen

Founder, Managing Director

ScienceWorks, LLC

Terry M. Rauch

Program Director for Defense Medical Research and Development

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Department of Defense

Sally J. Rockey

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

Office of the Director

National Institutes of Health

Carol E. H. Scott-Conner

Professor of Surgery

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Peter Suedfeld

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Department of Psychology

University of British Columbia

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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Invited Participants

Kenneth Baldwin

Professor of Physiology and Physics

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Wayman Wendell Cheatham

Director of the Naval Medical Research and Development Center

U.S. Navy

David Dinges

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Karl Friedl

Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

Paul Krois

Manager of the Human Factors Research and Engineering

Division

Federal Aviation Administration

James Lightbourne

Senior Advisor

National Science Foundation

Adrian Mota

Manager of Knowledge Translation Initiatives

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Tim O’Leary

Director of the Clinical Science Research and Development Service

Department of Veterans Affairs

Sonia Ortega

Program Director, Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education Program

National Science Foundation

Alfred M. Powell, Jr.

Director of the Center for Satellite Applications and Research

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jay Schnitzer

Director of the Defense Sciences Office

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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Sharlene Weatherwax

Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research

Department of Energy

Edward Zambraski

Division Chief of the Military Performance Division

U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Sponsor Participants

Gale Allen

Science Mission Directorate

NASA

John Charles

Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program

NASA

Marisa Covington

Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group

Craig Kundrot

Deputy Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program

Manager of the Human Research Program Science Management Office

NASA

Marc Shepanek

Deputy Chief of Medicine of Extreme Environments

NASA

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and List of Participants." Institute of Medicine. 2012. A Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes: Letter Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13440.
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At the request of NASA, an IOM committee reviewed NASA Human Research Program's (HRP's) Scientific Merit Assessment Processes for directed research. Directed research is commissioned or noncompetitively awarded research that is not competitively solicited because of specific reasons, such as time limitations or highly focused or constrained research topics.

The scientific merit assessment processes have been developed by NASA to evaluate individual directed research tasks in order to ensure the scientific integrity of the HRP's directed research portfolio. The committee examined the HRP's current scientific merit assessment processes and conducted a public workshop to identify best practices among other federal agencies that use various assessment processes for similar types of directed research.

Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Processes: Letter Report finds that the scientific merit assessment process used by the HRP for directed research is scientifically rigorous and is similar to the processes and merit criteria used by many other federal agencies and organizations - including the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture - for comparable types of research. This report also makes recommendations on ways to streamline and bolster the accountability and transparency of NASA's current processes.

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