Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST)


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New application deadline: April 23, 2021

FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) (RFA-RM-21-019) - funding administered by NIMHD

The purpose of the NIH FIRST CEC is to coordinate and facilitate the development of strategies with FIRST Cohort awardees to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the FIRST program.

Note: The previous restrictions have been lifted. An institution is eligible to receive a FIRST cohort U54 award and receive the FIRST CEC U24 award.


The FIRST program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund initiative to create cultures of inclusive excellence at NIH-funded institutions by:

  • Implementing a set of well-integrated, evidence-based strategies.
  • Evaluating their impact on prespecified metrics of institutional culture, inclusion, and diversity.

Page updated March 16, 2021