Animal Care and UseAward ManagementConflicts of InterestContracts and SubawardsControlled SubstancesEnvironmental Health and SafetyExport ControlHIPAAHuman Stem Cell ResearchHuman Subjects Research

NIH Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page

Published March 18, 2021

On March 12, 2021, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the following information:

In an effort to support strong collaboration between Federal research agencies, NIH has made every effort to align the Biographical Sketch (Biosketch), Other Support format page and Application Form Instructions with the guidance issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Joint Committee on the Research Environment.

NIH has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic.

Significant change to Other Support:

Certification statement and signature block added for Program Director/Principal Investigator and Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI and senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.

The updated forms and instructions and updated format pages will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021.

During the transition to the new Biosketch format, NIH will not withdraw applications that include the previous Biosketch format. Beginning with applications submitted on or after January 25, 2022, failure to follow the appropriate Biosketch format may cause NIH to withdraw your application from consideration.

Updated Biosketch resources, including FAQs and sample Biosketch format pages can be found here.

Updated Other Support resources, including FAQs and sample Other Support format pages can be found here.

Complete details can be found here.

Please share this with all faculty and staff who may need this information.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research Services.