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NIH Update – Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page

Published May 24, 2021

As an update to the NIH Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page and as announced on April 28, 2021, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided the following:

To align applicant and recipient systems with NIH’s longstanding policy requirements and application requirement updates, NIH expects applicants and recipients to use the updated biosketch and other support format for applications, Just-in-Time (JIT) Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) as of May 25, 2021.

NIH will require the use of the updated format pages for the previously mentioned submissions for anything on and after January 25, 2022. Failure to follow the appropriate formats on or after January 25, 2022, may cause NIH to withdraw applications from or delay consideration of funding.

Please note, applicants and recipients remain responsible for disclosing all research endeavors regardless of the version of the forms used. Therefore, if applicants and recipients choose not to use the updated format pages before ​they are required, applicants and recipients must still capture all the necessary information. NIH is fully committed to implementing the SciENcv template for Other Support in early FY 2022.

On May 18, 2021,​ NIH provided the following information:

This announcement informs the research community of the creation of a central email inbox for inquiries related to changes to the biographical sketch and other support templates in response to the high volume of inquiries received.

Effective as of this announcement, please send inquiries related to changes to the biographical sketch and other support templates to

NIH is diligently working to ensure complete and timely responses to inquiries received to date via existing email inboxes. The research community may elect to forward inquiries that are pending a response to the new central email inbox as needed.

NIH encourages the research community to review the currently available resources related to this effort:

  • 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.
  • Additional resources, including training videos and other materials, will be posted on the pages above as they become available.

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