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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


Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a new electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments.

Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words.

What SciENcv does:

  • Eliminates the need to repeatedly enter biosketch information
  • Reduces the administrative burden associated with federal grant submission and reporting requirements
  • Provides access to a researcher-claimed data repository with information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments
  • Allow researchers to describe their scientific contributions in their own language

SciENcv Tutorial (Youtube):

Using SciENcv to Create a New NIH Biosketch

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. 

Notes: Biosketch Creation

  • SciENcv is not required for creating a NIH biosketch in the new format.

  • Users are recommended to have their My Bibliography accounts created and updated before using SciENcv to create a biosketch.

  • SciENcv users can also create biosketches using data stored in theirORCID records. By linking an ORCID account to an NCBI account, users will be able to auto-populate biosketches using the personal statement, education, employment, publications and research awards information stored in ORCID records. See My NCBI – ORCID Author Data Integration with SciENcv.

More information about SciENcv


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