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NSF adopts SciENcv format for biosketches

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Posted June 21, 2019 by Ashley Washburn

The National Science Foundation will now accept biographical sketches that follow the National Institutes of Health’s format for SciENcv, the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae system.

NSF requires a biosketch for each person identified as senior personnel on a proposal. A separate PDF biosketch following an NSF-approved format must be uploaded in FastLane for each designated individual. A SciENcv-generated biosketch meets this requirement, which also applies to NSF proposals submitted through and

While SciENcv produces biosketches that fit NIH’s ‒ and now NSF’s ‒ requirements, any faculty member can use it to maintain biographical information for subsequent proposal submissions, regardless of the sponsor. NIH or NSF funding is not necessary to establish an account. Many smaller federal agencies, and even some non-federal sponsors, like the standardized formats required by the bigger agencies.

Information about registering for SciENcv is available on its website. A variety of training resources also are provided, including two YouTube videos: SciENcv Tutorial and Integrating with ORCID. Faculty who have questions may contact their pre-award coordinator in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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