New NIH Biosketch Format in 2015

December 10, 2014

 The NIH will be requiring the use of a new biosketch format for research grant applications submitted on or after January 25, 2015 as described in Notice #NOT-OD-15-024.  The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages, and allows researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed their research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field.

The revised biosketch template and sample form with instructions are available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.  

In addition to the descriptions of specific contributions and documentation, researchers will be allowed to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv.

The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, and will be updated by the end of December to support the new biosketch format.  SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.