The Office of Naval Research (ONR) began initiating peer review of ongoing basic research programs across its science and technology departments in fiscal year 2011.
Peer review is a process conducted by scientific and technical experts who provide an independent assessment of the scientific merit of the research being reviewed. The scientific community depends on peer review to ensure the merit, performance and relevancy of research activities. By initiating this program, ONR strives to ensure excellence in the research it funds.
ONR Instruction 3966.1A – Establishment and Implementation of a Peer Review Program Within ONR outlines the purpose, scope, background, policy, action and records management necessary to execute the program. Download ONR Instruction 3966.1A (.pdf, 6.5 MB)
For more on ONR's research portfolio, including laboratory and sponsored research, visit the Office of Research (Discovery and Invention).