Best Practices for NHSG Researchers

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New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) is dedicated to maintaining a position of non-advocacy. We strive to serve as a neutral, honest broker of science-based information. NHSG-funded researchers and students are viewed as part of the Sea Grant family, serving as ambassadors of the NHSG mission. To that end, we ask that you maintain objectivity when communicating about your NHSG-funded research in presentations, on social media, and when speaking to the media.

Biennial NHSG Research Symposium

NHSG-funded researchers will be asked to participate in our biennial Research Symposium to present their project objectives, data, and results where applicable. This symposium is designed to showcase recently funded NHSG projects and provide a forum to discuss best practices in translating cross-disciplinary science to action through integrated research, education and engagement. Our goal for this symposium is to help strengthen the sense of community and integration among current Sea Grant researchers, extension and education staff, students, project partners and stakeholders as well as engage with potential new investigators and partners. In addition to the biennial Research Symposium, there may be other opportunities where NHSG-funded researchers will be encouraged to present their work and where you can present your research.

The following information offers additional guidance and support to assist you with communications, outreach, and annual reporting during and after your research funding time frame.

Outreach Opportunities

Researchers are encouraged to attend other NHSG-related events and meetings to interact with the staff and our partners. The annual UNH Ocean Discovery Day event provides researchers and graduate students with the opportunity to interact with students, teachers, and parents—along with other potential collaborators—to raise awareness of their research topics and marine science in general. The UNH Marine Docents host monthly meetings, along with annual picnics and potlucks, that researchers are welcome to attend to either discuss their research or simply to socialize. The NHSG Policy Advisory Committee meetings also offer valuable networking opportunities with professionals in various sectors. Additional social gatherings may take place as well, providing the chance to connect more casually. We invite NHSG-funded researchers to take part in these events to help cultivate deeper ties to our staff, partners, and other researchers.


Sea Grant reporting differs from traditional annual reports to funders, such as the National Science Foundation, in several ways. The primary difference is that our reporting is a more direct communication with legislative decision makers, media sources, and the general public. The heart of our reporting takes the form of Impact and accomplishment statements, which are publicly available on the Sea Grant’s website. These statements are used for communication products and materials, partnership building, and program evaluation, so it is imperative that they be concise and clear.

Impact statements should effectively describe the significant economic, societal and/or environmental benefits of your research, extension, education and communications work. Impact statements document the verifiable results of Sea Grant’s work and how our efforts have made a difference in the lives of coastal residents, communities and environments. Ultimately, they help decision makers and constituents understand how our programs are making a difference.

Accomplishment statements effectively describe the key actions, activities or products resulting from Sea Grant research, extension, education and communications work. These are distinct from impact statements in that they reflect ongoing activities or key results that may not yet have had a significant economic, societal and/or environmental benefit, but that lay the foundation for such a benefit. 


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If you have any communications-related questions or need clarification on these or other points, please contact:

Alexa Brickett
Assistant Director for Communications

We encourage researchers and students to approach us as far in advance as possible so we can help you appropriately!