NSF issues new requirements for biographical sketches

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Posted February 27, 2020 by Dan Moser

The National Science Foundation will require biographical sketches for grant applications and annual reports to follow one of two formats beginning June 1. 

The new guidelines are part of the revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, which becomes effective June 1. 

One of the new formats is a fillable PDF, which will be available soon. The other is the SciENcv format, which is available now. SciENcv, or Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, is an online system that researchers can use to create and maintain biosketches required for federal grant applications and annual reports. Key information frequently included in biosketches is stored in the SciENcv system and used to generate sponsor-compliant PDF versions.  

Since the biosketch 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. 

Although SciENcv-formatted biosketches are not required until June 1, NSF will accept them for current deadlines. NSF encourages investigators to begin setting up their SciENcv accounts and familiarizing themselves with this new system in preparation for the implementation deadline.  

In addition to NSF-formatted biosketches, SciENcv 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 research.gov. Coming soon are additional resources available through UNL Libraries. 

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

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