Florida First

Our Mission

The Florida FIRST Health Science Brigade aims to transform institutional culture at Florida State University to generate a self-sustaining scientific community dedicated to inclusive excellence.

What is Florida FIRST?

Funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program, Florida State University's FIRST program (Florida FIRST) supports the diversification of FSU faculty by recruiting new tenure-track assistant professors. The FLORIDA FIRST Brigade implements a systems-level approach to support individual faculty research and career development, within their cohort and collaborative networks, that can be replicated through sustainable changes to university culture.




About the FIRST Program

The FIRST program supports hiring of 6 early-stage tenure-track faculty.  The FIRST Cohort holds a primary appointment in one of the Equity Research Corner centers in addition to their tenure-track appointment in departments appropriate to their research


  1. College of Nursing 
  2. College of Medicine 
  3. Department of Psychology 

Research Centers