NASA Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)

The Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) are a mechanism for community collaboration. Each RCN will has a steering committee comprised of the Principal Investigators of all teams who have elected to join the RCN, both from large teams selected from Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) solicitations as well as smaller teams from relevant NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) Research and Analysis (R&A) programs.

Skip to NASA RCN Frequently Asked Questions.

Current NASA Research Coordination Networks

Frequently Asked Questions about the NASA RCNs:

  • What is a Research Coordination Network (RCN)?
  • How does the NASA RCN differ from the NSF RCN?
  • How do the the RCNs relate to the goals of the astrobiology program?
  • How many Astrobiology Research Coordination Networks will be established?
  • How do the Astrobiology RCNs interact internally and with each other?
  • How do I become a part of an Astrobiology Research Coordination Network?
  • Who manages each Research Coordination Network?
  • How are Research Coordination Network co-leads selected?
  • How is the Research Coordination Network steering committee selected?
  • Where does funding for Research Coordination Networks come from?
  • Can I be part of an RCN if I do not have a NASA-funded award?
  • I am a Mars researcher interested in habitability and the search for life. Where would my research fit into the Astrobiology program and the new RCN structure?
  • I am an astrobiologist and my research has been funded by the Astrobiology program, but I don’t see an RCN where my research would obviously contribute. How do I find out where my research would fit into the RCN structure?