How We Work
In order to fulfill its scientific mission, HESI adheres to a multi-sector operating model—the proposition that scientists from academia, government, foundations, health care, and industry should be fully integrated into all levels of the entity’s activities, including governance bodies such as the HESI Board of Trustees, as well as in the work of scientific committees, task forces, and working groups. This principle is a fundamental aspect of HESI's identity, and it is reflected in the daily operations of our programs.
HESI enables successful teamwork among experts who bring their unique skills and viewpoints to the scientific process. Scientists from multiple sectors share responsibility for identifying research topics, designing and leading studies and projects, and interpreting and applying results via scientific committees.
HESI's scientific initiatives are primarily supported by the in-kind contributions (from public- and private-sector participants) of time, expertise, and experimental effort. These contributions are supplemented by grants from governments and foundations, as well as direct funding (that primarily supports program infrastructure and management) from participating organizations.
Bringing New Science Into HESI
The adoption of new programs and projects allows HESI to address the most relevant emerging science and serve as a contemporary resource for its stakeholders. HESI welcomes new project ideas and has a broad range of mechanisms available to assist in the design, resourcing, and initiation of new efforts. More information about these mechanisms and opportunities is available here.
HESI's Role in Facilitating New Science
The figure to the left illustrates HESI's role in moving science from the idea to implementation stage. Our skilled scientific staff and decades of organizational experience make it possible to efficiently convene collaborative teams and synergize resources.
Peer review helps lend credibility, transparency, and technical accuracy to any scientific work product. HESI is proud of its long-standing practice of conducting an “internal” peer review before submission of manuscripts and reports developed by its committees to scientific journals. The addition of the internal HESI peer review process as a prelude to the typical journal review is designed to ensure that the organization’s work products achieve the excellence demanded by HESI’s multi-sector project participants.
The Program Strategy and Stewardship Committee (PSSC) of the HESI Board of Trustees oversees the HESI peer review process. A public trustee serves as Editor-in-Chief for coordination of the HESI peer review process.