Office of Science Quality and Integrity

Research Grade Evaluation

The USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity—in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources—is responsible for administering the USGS Research Grade Evaluation (RGE), Equipment Development Grade Evaluation (EDGE), and Senior Scientist (ST) review processes.


Upcoming RSR/DSR training sessions for the 2021 spring/summer cycle:

  • Wednesday, December 2 at 2pm eastern
  • Friday, December 4 at 2pm eastern
  • More training sessions will be available in early 2021

The RSR and DSR guidance have been updated for the 2021 spring/summer cycle! See below for the new documents. Packages are due March 22, 2021.

NOTE: The RGE/EDGE Team holds approximately 12 evaluation panels a cycle. Cycles extend from late-spring into September (spring/summer) or late-fall into March (fall/winter). Individual findings will be distributed on a rolling basis as each panel is completed and panel findings are approved by Human Resources. Timing of the distribution of individual findings will depend on when the individual’s panel is scheduled; we do not disclose the panel schedule for a cycle. Results are distributed through center directors for sharing with scientists.

Are you currently (or trying to become) an RGE/EDGE scientist and interested in serving on a panel? We are always looking for volunteers! Just e-mail to let us know and we will add you to our volunteer list!


General Information

  • USGS Research and Equipment Development Grade Evaluation Process Handbook (in revision)




For RGE, EDGE and ST Scientists Being Reviewed

For Panelists




Questions may be sent to the RGE-EDGE e-mail box:



Steven Hilburger

RGE-EDGE Senior Scientist
Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Phone: 703-648-4036

Cara Campbell

RGE-EDGE Senior Scientist
Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Phone: 703-648-6459

Kevin B Jones

Staff Scientist
Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Phone: 703-648-6448

RGE-EDGE Program