Once the RCNs are established, NASA Astrobiology Program staff, along with representatives of relevant research elements and SMD Divisions, will select the RCN co-leads nominated (or self-nominated) from within the science community whose research has been funded in that area and who have elected to be a member of the RCN. Normally, the co-leads manage the RCN for the length of the performance period of their NASA award (3-5 years). At the end of a co-lead’s term, a new co-lead will be selected by the same process.

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