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NIH Biosketches

NIH will require use of the new biosketch format in applications for research grants with due dates on and after January 25, 2021. dates on or after May 25, 2015

Option 1 - Using SciENcv to Create NIH Biosketches

What Is SciENcv?

  • SciENcv stands for Science Expert Network Curriculum Vitae.
  • It is a researcher profile system for all individuals associated with research investments from federal agencies.
  • NIH requires that researchers use the new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2022. 
  • The new NIH biosketch has two types: Non-Fellowship Biosketch and Fellowship Biosketch.
  • In SciENcv, researchers can document their education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions.
  • My NCBI users can create multiple SciENcv profiles in official biographical sketch formats for NIH and NSF, which can be used for grant submissions. 
  • To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Manage SciENcv" at the bottom of the SciENcv box in My NCBIw Biosketch”.
  • At the following page, click on "Create New Biosketch."
  • Three options to choose data source for the new biosketch
  1. Start with a blank document
  2. From an Existing Biosketch
  3. From External source (eRA Commons, ORCiD, NSF)

See illustrations below:

SciENcv in NCBI

  • SciENcv is connected to My Bibliography, and can be connected with ORCiD too. Users can directly import up to four desired citations from either My Bibliography or ORCiD into their biosketches, as illustrated below. 

Option 2 - Using a Word Tempate to Create NIH Biosketches

Researchers can also use a blank template in Word to create a Biographical Sketch Format Page - Due Dates on/after January 25, 2022

For Non-Fellowship Biosketch:

For Fellowship Biosketch:


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