Internal Deadline: Friday, August 6, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date.
External Deadline: September 24, 2021
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 4
Anticipated Amount: Application budgets per award are limited to $300,000 direct costs for all cores combined in year one; $3,275,000 direct costs each year in years 2-4; and $120,000 direct costs for all cores combined in year 5 and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Who May Serve as PI: Standard NIH eligibility requirements.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The purpose of the FIRST Cohort is to transform culture at NIH-funded extramural institutions by building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to diversity and inclusive excellence. Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence within the program has the potential to be transformational for biomedical research at the awardee institutions and beyond. This community will be built through recruitment of a diverse group of faculty who are competitive for an advertised research tenure-track or equivalent faculty position (positions must be at the Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level), have not held a position at this level, and have demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.
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 (positions must be at the Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level), have not held a position at this level, and have demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence. Any individual who is competitive for a research tenure-track or equivalent faculty position at the Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level, has not held a position at this level, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence is eligible to be hired for FIRST faculty positions.
The overall goals and specific measurable objectives that the program expects FIRST Cohort awardees to accomplish are:
Goal 1: Demonstrate institutional support and develop or modify a strategic plan with specific goals and strategies, interventions, and organizational policies that will be implemented to achieve significant systemic and sustainable institutional culture change over baseline toward inclusive excellence (at the faculty, department, and institution level). FIRST Cohort awardees are also expected to develop an evaluation plan to assess the impact on their institution of action taken toward FIRST program goals.
Goal 2: Conduct recruitment activities for new faculty, outline institutional commitment,and develop recruitment committees based on past interests and commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. FIRST Cohort awardees are also expected to establish a supportive environment for new faculty.
Goal 3: Develop strategies to establish individual research and career development plans and mentorship and sponsorship plans for all new faculty hired under this award. The applicants must describe how the program will reduce isolation, increase community building, foster career development, and ensure retention of the new faculty.
Applicant institutions must be conducting research in any NIH mission area. This funding opportunity will accept applications from eligible Highly Resourced Institutions (HRI), Limited-Resourced Institutions (LRI), or Partnerships (any composition of HRI and/or LRI) to develop faculty cohort models. All eligible institutions are categorized into these two types to encourage inclusion and broaden participation.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.