Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) Institution
Similar to the grants awarded to the FIRST Cohort institutions, funding for the FIRST CEC institution is provided by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund. Morehouse School of Medicine is honored to have been selected as the FIRST CEC institution. As the FIRST CEC, Morehouse School of Medicine collaborates with FIRST Cohort institutions to identify and harmonize a set of common data elements to be used by each institution to facilitate an objective evaluation of the FIRST program goals.
Cornell has developed a search process that will power our Hiring Initiative and lead to 10 hires in 3 clusters: quantitative biomedical sciences (including biomedical engineering, systems biology, epidemiology, and quantitative modeling), infection biology (including immunology, bacteriology, and public health) and health equity (including behavioral science, public health, and health communication).
Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions
Our program supports the career advancement of 12 early-career faculty focused on understanding and eliminating health disparities in cross-cutting thematic areas or clusters: aging, chronic disease, and/or environmental determinants. As a culture of inclusive excellence is fundamental to rigorous science and effective action, we seek to create and sustain institutional practices/policies that promote diversity and inclusion across Drexel University.
The mission of the FLORIDA FIRST Health Science Brigade (aka The FLORIDA FIRST Brigade) is to transform institutional culture at Florida State University to generate a self-sustaining scientific community dedicated to inclusive excellence. The program recruits new tenure-track assistant professors from diverse backgrounds using a cohort-based model and invests in the development, mentorship, advancement, and retention of new faculty in two broad domains of research excellence: (1) chronic disease prevention and management; and (2) mental health.
The NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Cohort Cluster Hiring Initiative is a transformative undertaking at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to promote and sustain an academic culture of inclusive excellence by recruiting, hiring, and advancing 12 dynamic, promising early-stage investigators in the biomedical sciences, particularly those who are underrepresented in science and medicine (URiSM), who are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
The Northwestern University Recruitment to Transform Under-Representation and achieve Equity (NURTURE) Program seeks to accelerate institutional culture change toward inclusive excellence through innovative institutional initiatives in hiring, mentoring, promotion and tenure, evaluation, and institutional accountability to ensure that all faculty can thrive. NURTURE aims to hire early career faculty in these “Cells to Communities” research areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular and Brain, Mind and Behavior.
SDSU FUERTE (Faculty Unified towards Excellence in Research and Transformational Engagement) will increase scientific workforce diversity through hiring nine ethnically diverse early-stage research faculty with commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in science. Expertise of new faculty (Fall 2022) includes one of three FUERTE research foci: Cancer research; Environmental Health, and Obesity/Physical Activity/Nutrition. FUERTE provides comprehensive faculty development programming and team-mentorship to support faculty thriving and research independence.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) / Tuskegee University (TU) FIRST Partnership was established to create systemic and sustainable culture change to further support inclusive excellence in research at both institutions. Both institutions are committed to building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to inclusive excellence.
The UC San Diego FIRST Program will enhance institutional transformation and inclusive excellence by hiring 12 tenure-track assistant professors in 4 cluster areas: Cancer, Cardiovascular Sciences, Immunology/Infectious Diseases, and Neurosciences. The FIRST cohort will receive strong mentorship in research and career development, academic promotion guidance, integration into the university, and access to networks of colleagues and communities of diverse scholars.
The University of Maryland FIRST program is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Our overarching goal is to create a comprehensive model dedicated to ensuring a diverse, scholarly environment and encouraging outstanding individuals to enter the academic profession through a commitment to inclusive excellence.
The primary goals of the University of New Mexico (UNM) FIRST program are to recruit, promote, and retain a diverse cohort of biomedical faculty (this includes obtaining NIHR01s or equivalent funding) and to systemically transform UNM institutional culture toward inclusive excellence. This includes providing ongoing support for UNM faculty, chairs, and UNM leadership to implement innovative campus-wide policies and processes to increase hiring, promotion, and retention of female and diverse faculty.
USC’s FIRST program is designed to recruit diverse early-stage faculty who are committed to inclusive excellence and whose work focuses on health disparities and equity. The program will provide support for these individuals through mentorship, training, and professional development activities tailored to meet their needs. The program will also address institutional-level systems and barriers to ensure their success and well-being.