The RCN program supports researchers and educators across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. RCN works to foster new collaborations across these borders and encourages innovative ideas for implementing networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community data standards. Awards from RCN do not support primary research or existing networks or collaborations, rather, they support the means by which researchers share information. Proposals directed to the RCN program should focus on giving coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. Submission topics and deadlines for RCN proposals vary by program.