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The Lifecycle of a Topic Nomination for Research involves three steps: Topic Identification, Topic Nomination Decvelopment and Selection, and Topic Refinement for Research Review. In Topic Identification, a topic can become a nomination in two ways. The program requests topic nominations, or the program interacts with stakeholder groups to elicit topic nominations. Either way, the result is that an interested person or group suggests a topic for research. In the second step, Topic Nomination Development and Selection, project staff first determines if there is enough information in the topic nomination form to review the suggestion. If there is not, then the program requests additional information from the nominator before reviewing the suggestion. If there is enough information, then the program evaluates how the topic nomination meets the specific program selection criteria. Three possible determinations are made:

  1. The topic is appropriate for an Effectiveness or Comparative Effectiveness Review,
  2. the topic is appropriate for a Technical Brief, or
  3. the topic is not appropriate for a Research Review.

In the third step, Topic Refinement for Research Review, three more choices are made:

  1. If the topic is appropriate for an Effectiveness or Comparative Effectiveness Review, then the topic is refined for that purpose.
  2. If the topic is appropriate for a Technical Brief, then the program develops the topic as a Technical Brief.
  3. If the topic is not appropriate for a research review, then the program considers the topic for original research.