|External Stakeholder Involvement||Transparent and consistent process for involving external stakeholders in the development of RD&T program agendas and priorities and for responding to stakeholder recommendations.|
|Merit Review of Competitive Proposals||Documented process for awarding competitive research grants and contracts based upon merit review.|
|Independent Expert Review||Adherence to OMB guidelines for peer review of Highly
Influential and Influential scientific information.
Systematic process for evaluating significant RD&T programs that incorporates some form of independent expert review and for using review results to guide future program decisions.
|RD&T Performance Measures||Single- or multi-year objectives for significant RD&T programs (outcome measures) and measurable annual milestones that show how objectives will be reached (output measures).|
|RD&T Coordination||Consistency with the RD&T strategies identified in the DOT
Strategic Plan and RD&T Strategic Plan.
Coordination with relevant operating administrations, Federal agencies, and other partners.