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Federal Agencies Public Access Policies: NIH New Biosketch

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.

New Biosketch Format

NIH and AHRQ require that researchers use the new biosketch format  - <> in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. The new format applies to all programs (e.g., research, training, fellowship) and all types of applications (e.g., new, resubmission, revision, renewal, progress reports). Detailed guidance on the required biosketch format can be found in NIH's general and fellowship biosketch instructions - <>. 
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:
Major changes made to the new format are:
  1. Page limit extended from 4 to 5 pages.
  2. Replaced the previous list of 15 publications with a new Section C: Contribution to Science: 
    • Describe up to 5 of the most significant contributions to science
    • For each of these contributions, reference up to 4 peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products that are relevant to the described contribution.
    • Describe each contribution in no longer than 1/2 page including figures and citations.
    • Provide a link to a full list of their publications in a publicly accessible database such as MyNCBI or SciENcv. 

Health Sciences Information & Education / Research Services Librarian; ORCID:

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Yingting Zhang
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