NIH Researchers: Biosketch Format Changes

by Kim Mears

The National Institutes of Health has released a notice on a New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications Submitted for Due Dates on or After May 25, 2015.

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The NIH and AHRQ encourages applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015.

According to Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for Extramural Research, 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.”

The revised forms and instructions are now available on the SF 424 (R&R) Forms and Applications page.

Significant changes to the format include:

  • Page limit increased from four to five pages
  • Allows the description of up to five of a researcher’s most significant contributions to science, including its influence and subsequent effects
  • Allows researchers to included up to four references in their personal statement
  • Allows researchers to include a link to a full list of published works in My Bibliography or SciENcv (not required, but allowed)

The NIH provides researchers with a tool to help researchers build their biosketches according to the new requirements through Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv). Tutorials are available to assist users in creating, sharing, and maintaining NIH Biosketch profiles in SciENcv.

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Does your NCBI My Bibliography contain noncompliant articles? The Library can assist you in making all article in your bibliography compliant through the NIH Manuscript Submission System. Contact Kim Mears, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for one-on-one assistance at or 706-721-8789.