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Resources for Research Coordinators

Congratulations on being appointed as a Sea Grant Research Coordinator! Research Coordinators (RC) play a very important role, not only in their state Sea Grant programs, but also in the broader coastal, ocean and marine science enterprise. Depending on the program, an RC may have a full-time or part-time appointment. Some RCs conduct research in addition to serving as Sea Grant RC. In a very few programs, the Sea Grant Director also does the duties of the RC.

Each state Sea Grant program is represented by at least one person on the network-wide, Sea Grant Association (SGA)-sponsored Research Coordinators Network (RCN; see RCN bylaws here). The network meets at least quarterly throughout the year to support each other in the RC role by sharing resources, ideas, and concerns. RCs also communicate and share resources via Basecamp and Google Drive. New RCs can get access to these resources by contacting current RCN leadership.

The resources shared below were specifically developed for RCs. Additional onboarding materials for the broader Sea Grant Network can be found here: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/insideseagrant/onboarding

RCN Leadership (2020-2022)

Chair: Carolyn Foley, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Chair-elect: Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant

Past-chair: Mona Behl, Georgia Sea Grant

RCN Liaisons (as of 2021)

National Sea Grant Office: Rebecca Briggs

Sea Grant Association: Tomas Hӧӧk

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.

 

KEY LINKS FOR NEW RCs

These links outline official policy or guidance documents per the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO). If you have questions about their use, you should reach out to your Program Officer as a point of first-contact.

 

 ADDITIONAL LINKS FOR NEW RCs

RCN-DEVELOPED MATERIALS THAT CAN BE USED ACROSS THE SEA GRANT NETWORK

A Case Study of the Importance of Publicly-Funded Research to Coastal Regions

Washington Sea Grant Research Staff compiled information about state competition processes (this document highlights different ways state programs may choose to set up their competition)

Sea Grant Research (a report of the National Sea Grant Advisory Board