In the fall of 2019, we announced the formation of the Taft Research Groups program. Seeking greater research inclusivity and collaborative excellence, we sought an organic formation for collaborative activities and an impact-oriented shared research agenda. Taft Research Groups provide seed monies for up to three years. Groups must demonstrate a potential for leveraging external funding, among other possibilities, and/or working toward a final product, such as an edited volume. Groups are asked to find ways to disseminate research to broader audiences, for example, via op-eds or social media platforms, and to consider other activities that promote dialogue within and/or beyond the proposed research group and the Taft research community. Below you will find the inaugural cohorts.