Since 1959, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) National Research Council (NRC) has assessed the technical merit, relevance, and quality of NIST's (previously NBS's) laboratory programs in the context of NIST's mission. The NASEM review is independent, technically sophisticated, and extensive. Panel members are selected by the NASEM NRC from leaders in industry, academia, non-profit organizations and other federal agencies and government laboratories. The assessments focus on NIST-wide ongoing needs and activities.
The following reports are posted with permission from the National Academy of Sciences, courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. These reports are presented in .pdf. To read these files, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader free.
The NRC also convened a Panel of Experts to prepare a study of best practices in the assessment of R&D organizations, in order to provide NIST information on peer review and performance evaluation systems. This report is available from the National Academies Press.