The new NIH biosketch format is required starting in May 2015

The National Institutes of Health have introduced changes to the biosketch format that will allow researchers to describe the importance of their research. The new biosketches should be submitted with grant applications on or after May 25th, 2015.

There are three alterations to the biosketch:

  • The allowed length has been increased to five pages instead of the previous four
  • Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.
  • A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided

There are tools to make the formatting easier. At this time, every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”

As noted above, the main difference in the structure between the NIH biosketch and the new NIH biosketch is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography.

For an NIH announcement about the new biosketch use, please, refer to

You can find more information on SciENcv in this site:

For step-by-step guide on how to start using SciENcv sections A, B and D see For more information on starting a new profile and section C, go here.

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