Grace period ends for NSF requirement to use SciENcv

News for Researchers

Posted October 1, 2020 by Tiffany Lee

Beginning Oct. 5, the National Science Foundation will start enforcing its requirement that researchers prepare biographical sketch and current and pending support documents using NSF-approved formats.

Approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF. The guidelines are further described in the 2020 Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, or PAPPG.

SciENcv is an online system that researchers can use to create and maintain biosketches and other materials required for federal grant applications. Key information frequently included in biosketches and current and pending support forms is stored in the SciENcv system and used to generate sponsor-compliant PDF versions.   

Since biosketch and current and pending information is saved in a central location and is easily retrievable, SciENcv will reduce the administrative burden of producing biosketches. The SciENcv system can retrieve information saved in other systems including ORCID, eRA Commons and My NCBi. 

SciENcv also can be used to generate biosketches formatted for proposals to the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.  

Additional NSF information and resources for getting started, including YouTube videos, can be found at In addition, UNL Libraries has developed a LibGuide featuring online tutorials and other helpful information to help investigators transition NSF biographical sketches and current and pending support forms to the SciENcv format.

If you have questions about preparing your proposal or the transition to SciENcv, please work with your pre-award grants coordinator or contact Suzan Lund, associate director of sponsored programs, 402-472-1930.  

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