University of Southern California


RFA-RM-20-023: NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                             Friday, January 8, 2021, 5pm PT

LOI:                                                        30 days prior to application due date

External Deadline:                            March 1, 2021

Award Type:                                       Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards:     1

Anticipated Amount:                     $11,400,000 over 5 years to fund 1 award

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Link to Award:

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)

Who May Serve as PI:                     If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role.

Purpose:                                              The purpose of the FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) will be to coordinate with FIRST Cohort awardees and facilitate the development of strategies to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the FIRST program. The FIRST CEC will collaborate 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.

The FIRST CEC will analyze data provided by FIRST Cohort awardees to test the primary hypothesis that a cohort model of faculty hiring, sponsorship, mentoring, and professional development, embedded within an institution implementing evidence-based practices to create academic cultures of inclusive excellence, will achieve significant improvements in metrics of institutional culture and scientific workforce diversity.

Budgetary Requirements:              Application budgets are limited to $840K in direct costs in the first year and $1.5M in direct costs per year in years 2-5 and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.