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New NIH Biosketch Format Requirements

Posted Date: 2/11/2015 3:15 PM

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Subject: New NIH Biosketch Format Requirements

New NIH Biosketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications 
Submitted for Due Dates on or After May 25, 2015

NIH Notice NOT-OD-15-032​

The NIH has released a new NIH biosketch format that will be required for NIH and AHRQ applications for grant funding submitted with due dates on or after May 25, 2015. The new biosketch will:​

  • extend the page limit from four to five
  • allow researchers to describe up to five most significant contributions to science along with the historical background that framed their research 
  • include a link to works in My Bibliography

What’s New for the Biosketch?

Contributions to Science
​Investigators can briefly describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science. For each contribution, investigators should note:
  • the historical background that frames the scientific problem
  • the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application health or technology
  • their specific role in the described work
The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including figures and citations. 
For each contribution, investigator can list up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products, including audio or video products; patents; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware that are relevant to the described contribution.

SciENcv: A Tool for Creating a Biosketch
The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a tool in My NCBI that creates “profiles” or biosketches (NIH or NSF format). Education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions can be included in biosketches. eRA Commons and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to My NCBI can automatically populate their biosketch​ with the information stored in these accounts. In addition, select publications can be added to the biosketch using My Bibliography (part of My NCBI). Multiple biosketches (public or private) can be created for various purposes such as grant applications or progress reports using a "master profile." A delegate feature is also available with SciENcv. For more information, see: My NCBI – New NIH Biographical Sketch Available in SciENcv.

Adding Publications and a URL to My Bibliography (part of My NCBI)
In the “Contributions to Science” section, investigators can select publications from their My Bibliography account for each “Contributions to Science” narrative (up to four publications allowed for each narrative). Investigators can also opt to include a URL to their My Bibliography account to allow for public display of a complete list of published works.

How to Access SciENcv?
  • Create a NCBI account.
  • The SciENcv tool is available from the My NCBI “portlet page.”
  • Select “Create New Profile.

NSF Biographical Sketch
SciENcv users may also create profiles in the National Science Foundation (NSF) biographical sketch format. For more information, see: My NCBI – National Science Foundation Biographical Sketch and Data Integration with SciENcv.

Recommendations for NIH Investigators
  1. Create a My NCBI account and link the account to your eRA Commons account. 
  2. Populate your My Bibliography. 
  3. Assign delegates to help manage your My Bibliography and SciENcv.

Resources from Becker Library

Upcoming Class: Using SciENcv and My Bibliography for the NIH Biosketch
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 
Noon to 1:00 pm 
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (214)
Registration is highly recommended to ensure a seat. Limit of 40 attendees.

If you would like more information, or to schedule a presentation for your group, please contact: Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter (Medical Campus) or Ruth Lewis (Danforth Campus).  Presentations can be provided for investigators and/or administrative staff.

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This information was authored by Danica Johnson  

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