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Create Your Biosketch with SciENcv


What is a biosketch? 

A biographical sketch or biosketch is a document highlighting the qualifications of key personnel for a specific role in a proposed grant project. Both the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the NSF (National Science Foundation) require a biosketch for senior or key personnel applying for and renewing grants with each agency. 

On and after October 23, 2023, NSF indicated that only PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through the use of an NSF-approved format will be accepted. The NSF announcement regarding these changes can be found here.

In conjunction with this requirement, NSF has partnered with NIH to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for preparation of Biosketch and Current and Pending Support sections of the proposal.

Important: You should consult with your research administrator(s) if you have questions about how this will affect your grant submission and deadlines.

What is SciENcv? 

SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae is an electronic system that researchers can use to create and maintain biosketches that must be submitted with NIH and NSF grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv pulls information from other systems, including MyNCBI, ORCID, and eRA commons in order to ease administrative burden and allow researchers to quickly create and recreate a biosketch for each grant application or annual report. 



*This libguide was created based on NCSU and VT Libraries guide Using SciENcv to Create Your Biosketch, with permission.