Proposals will be evaluated based on the following scientific criteria:
- Scientific and/or technical merit of the project, including the likelihood that the research will lead to new discoveries or fundamental advances within its field, or have substantial impact on progress in that field or in other scientific fields.
- Appropriateness of the proposed method or approach; for example, are the proposed measurements and/or experimental design suitable to meet the scientific objectives?
- Competency of applicant’s personnel and adequacy of proposed resources.
- Reasonableness and appropriateness of the requested ARM resources for the activity.
- Reviewers may be asked to comment separately on major resources requested.
- Relevance of the proposed activities to the DOE Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program, including relevance to ARM and/or to other science programs within BER.
- In addition, ARM will consider logistical feasibility, cost, and programmatic priorities in making final decisions on proposed activities.