Biological Systems Science Division
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

Become a Merit/Peer Reviewer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program delivers financial assistance in the form of grants and cooperative agreements to states, local and tribal governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and individuals. In accordance with Federal requirements, it is DOE’s policy that all discretionary financial assistance actions are to be awarded through a merit-based selection process.

Reviewers are professionally qualified by training, experience, or both, in the scientific or technical fields that are the subjects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and applications being reviewed. DOE is seeking a diverse pool of individuals to review the Community Benefits Plan section of FOAs and the technical components of applications. Areas of consideration include Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility; environmental justice and the Justice40 Initiative; quality jobs; and community engagement.

Being a reviewer provides insight on how financial assistance applications are evaluated and builds relationships with DOE personnel and others in the energy industry.

To be considered for becoming a reviewer

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Reviewer Application