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NIH Public Access Policy Compliance: NIH Biosketch


New NIH Notice: NOT-OD-16-080

Release Date:   March 23, 2016

Purpose: This Notice informs the biomedical and health services research communities that in accordance with NOT-OD-16-004, the biosketch instructions and format pages have been updated. The updated instructions and formats should be used for application due dates on or after May 25, 2016.

Updates to the biosketch instructions include:

  • A consolidated biosketch format and instructions for research, institutional research training, institutional career development, research education, fellowship, and dissertation awards, as well as diversity supplements.

Clarified instructions:

  • Indicate that a URL for a publication list is optional and, if provided, must be to a government website (.gov) like My Bibliography.
  • Allow publications (peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed) and research products to be cited in both the personal statement and the contributions to science sections
  • State that graphics, figures and tables are not allowed.
  • Remove the requirement that the past 3 years of research support are listed in order of relevance.
  • Option to add other names used to author research products in section A.
  • Research products can include conference proceedings such as meeting abstracts, posters, or other presentations.
  • Research products that are under development, such as manuscripts that have not yet been accepted for publication, can be mentioned in the narrative sections. However, they cannot be cited as one of their citations.


SciENcv - NIH Biosketch

SciENcv is a new researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies.  We highly recommend using it to create your NIH Biosketch to meet the new requirements (NOT-OD-16-080). Biosketches are required in both competing applications and progress reports.

To get started using SciENcv, first sign into NCBI (preferably with your eRA Commons account if you have one).  In your NCBI account, look for the SciENcv box shown below and click on the link to create a new CV.

Sciencv start

You have several options for creating a new Profile.  Below is a screenshot with recommendations for starting your first profile.

Below is a screenshot of the Contribution section of the New NIH Biosketch formatted profile.  Note the options to use content from My Bibliography.

See sample biosketches. For additional details see the SciENcv Help documentation.