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New NIH Biosketch Format Required

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On December 5, 2014, NIH confirmed that the new biosketch format piloted since last May will now apply to NIH and AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) with due dates on/after May 25, 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to use the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, but the new format will be required for those applications with a May 25, 2015 due date or later.

The new format allows applicants to describe the magnitude and significance of their scientific contributions (including publications) and provide more detailed information about their research experience in the context of the proposed project.

NIH will require this new format for most grant applications submitted for fiscal year 2016 funding, as described in the guide notice NOT-OD-15-032. The new format is now available in the “additional format pages” section of the SF424 applications page which also provides a link to the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) system. SciENcv offers a smooth transition to using the new biosketch format—biographical data can be entered into SciENcv and converted into biosketches applicable to both NIH or NSF grant applications and annual progress reports.

If you have already built your biosketch in SciENcv, you can easily adapt your existing information into the new modified format. If you have not used SciENcv, now is an execellent time to begin. SciENcv will soon be used not only by NSF and NIH but other federal agencies to ease the burden of maintaining multiple biosketches.

Quick facts about SciENcv:

  • Free profile service under My NCBI, offered by the National Library of Medicine
  • Leverages data from existing systems
  • Available to any researcher
  • Data is owned by the researcher
  • Researcher controls what data is public
  • Researcher edits and maintains information
  • Researcher provides own data to describe research outcomes
  • Researcher has ultimate control of data in biosketch

For more information about the new biosketch format, please see: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/11/26/implementing-the-modified-nih-biosketch-format

FAQs about NIH biosketch format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/faq_biosketches.htm

If you have questions or comments, please contact Betsy Saylor at 974-3863.