NAFTC Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach attended the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Reviews in Arlington, VA, serving as one of the many reviewers who judged nearly 400 individual activities, to evaluate the impact of the VOT sustainable transportation projects.

6-15 Merit Review

The U.S. DOE Merit Review website provides more information about the merit review process and links to the reports from previous years. Credit: U.S. DOE.

During this review, held June 8-12, advanced vehicle technologies projects funded by the DOE were presented and underwent a critical review of their research and development and deployment. In addition to the U.S. DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Reviews, merit reviews for the U.S. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program was held at the same time.

The Annual Merit Review includes both oral and poster presentations from many of the projects funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. The U.S. DOE determines which projects will be reviewed based on several factors, including each project’s current phase, availability of new data and/or approaches, and the date of previous project reviews.

All projects reviewed are assigned at least four different individual reviewers, including experts from a variety of backgrounds related to vehicle technologies, hydrogen, and fuel cells, and they represent national laboratories, universities, various government agencies, and industry (including manufacturers and fuel producers).

Each reviewer evaluates a set of projects based on how much they contribute to or advance the Energy Department’s missions and goals.

“Being a part of this huge review process was a great experience, said Moore. “The opportunity to participate and provide feedback on projects so important to the industry was a privilege.”

The DOE uses the results of the merit review and peer evaluation, along with additional review processes, to make funding decisions for upcoming fiscal years and to help guide ongoing performance improvements to existing projects. Additionally, the project comments, recommendations, and scores are provided in an annual AMR report for each office (see the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program’s 2014 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report and the Vehicle Technologies Office’s 2014 Annual Merit Review Results Report).
Questions about the review process should be directed to DOE or to ORAU (

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