University of Southern California


RFA-RM-21-019: NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Coordination and Evaluation Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                        1

Internal Deadline:                      March 12, 2021, 5pm PT

LOI:                                          March 23, 2021

External Deadline:                     April 23, 2021

Award Type:                              Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards:    1

Anticipated Amount:                 The NIH Common Fund intends to commit an estimated total cost of $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:

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.


Who May Serve as PI:                    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Purpose:                                   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.