THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Local Sea Grant programs invest large portions of their funding toward research and education competitions, many of which are directly managed by an RC. RCs help shape the science agenda for their local Sea Grant program by incorporating stakeholder needs and perspectives into competition calls, identifying place-based science needs, and working with the Director and other leadership team members in their local (often state) Sea Grant programs to establish research priorities. In time, RCs may become involved in helping prepare the coastal, ocean and marine science workforce, develop scientific infrastructure, and ensure that diverse institutions and individuals across the entire geographical region of their state can take advantage of Sea Grant research and fellowship opportunities. Remember that all Sea Grant Programs are unique, and that you should work with members of your state Sea Grant program to understand your specific role in your program.