Committee on the Review of NASA Human Research Program's Scientific Merit Assessment Processes Board on Health Sciences Policy
"Although the directed research program constitutes a relatively small proportion of the HRP's research budget, the committee was impressed with the scientifically rigorous and thorough processes that have been developed to conduct merit assessments of this research. The commit- tee's criteria for rigorous scientific merit assessment processes concur with those put forth by Wood and Wessely--the review process is "ex- pected to be: effective . . . efficient . . . accountable . . . responsive . . . rational . . . fair . . . valid" (2003, pp. 15-16). The findings and recom- mendations offered in this report provide ways to streamline and bolster the accountability and transparency of the current processes."