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Federal Agencies Public Access Policies: Using SciENcv to Create New NIH Biosketches

This guide is intended for use by the researchers at Rutgers University. It covers an overview and requirements of the policy, addressing copyright issues, submission methods, citing PMCID, and how to manage compliance.

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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 May 25, 2015. 
  • The new NIH biosketch emphasizes researchers' accomplishments instead of just a list of publications.

 "The primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher’s discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings. This change will help reviewers evaluate you not by where you’ve published or how many times, but instead by what you’ve accomplished." (from:

  • 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 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. 


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