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.
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.
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The representation gap for U.S. biomedical faculty persists due to institutional cultures that lack necessary elements of inclusion and equity, sending a message that certain groups don’t belong in science.
This program, if successful, will help foster research environments attractive to underrepresented scientists, who can leverage their diverse perspectives and create relevant research to advance knowledge and discovery in their fields and reduce health disparities. Diversity in the biomedical research workforce promotes innovation, leads to better science, and creates opportunities to make significant progress toward health equity,