The FIRST program seeks to enhance and maintain cultures of inclusive excellence.

Evidence supports the hypothesis that diversity positively impacts scientific discovery through improved problem-solving, innovation, prediction, evaluation, and verification. Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence at a range of academic institutions has the potential to be transformational for the biomedical research workforce.

We are strengthening faculty diversity and institutional cultures.

The FIRST Cohort program aims to transform culture at two types of NIH-funded extramural institutions by building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to inclusive excellence, through recruitment of a diverse group of faculty who are competitive for an advertised research tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. The overall goals and specific measurable objectives that the program expects FIRST Cohort awardees to accomplish are:

The FIRST program strives to set an example for universities and health-science institutions across the county.

Multi-ethnic scientists discussing over digital tablet. Male and female researchers working together in laboratory. They are in uniforms.

FIRST program development began in 2018, in part, through the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office efforts. The FIRST program’s estimated budget is $241 million over nine years, pending the availability of funds.

FIRST is managed in collaboration with:

National Cancer Institute

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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