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The new NIH biosketch format is required starting in May 2015

Friday, January 30th, 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.

<submitted by Vessela Ensberg>


Call for Applications: 2015 Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history. (more…)

Preparing NIH Applications Using Assist: A Workshop on 5/2/2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Next in the First Fridays Series:
Friday, May 2, 2014, noon-1 p.m.
Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS)

ASSIST – Application Submission System and Interface for Submission Tracking

This class will give an overview of the grant submission system that replaces paper applications for new collaborative grants to the National Institutes of Health. The system is to be used for P01, P20, P50, R24, U19, U24, G12, P30, P40, P41, P42, P51, P60, R28, U10, U41, U42, U45, U54, U56, UC7 and UM1 applications. Keeping track of paperwork, validation and status just got easier!

Presented by Vessela Ensberg, Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Data Curation Analyst at the UCLA Biomedical Library. Please register to reserve your space. Can’t join us in person? Sign up to attend via webinar.

Questions?  Email for more information.

Preparing Multi-Project NIH Applications using ASSIST

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Preparing Multi-Project NIH Applications using ASSIST
Friday, April 25, 2014
Kinross Building, Room 210
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

This session is open to research administrators, PIs, and researchers who are involved in the preparation of multi-project NIH applications (type P and U) for the May 25, 2014 deadline that require the use of the ASSIST system.  Topics covered include:

  • Planning and organization of your team and application
  • Initiating the application in ASSIST
  • Managing application permissions and users
  • Building the application
  • Finalizing the application for OCGA review and submission

Formal registration is not required.

If you have any other questions, please contact Cindy Gilbert at

NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative Announces Funding Opportunity

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support a U24 resource award for Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium. The purpose of this FOA is to create a consortium to begin development of an NIH Data Discovery Index (DDI) to allow discovery, access, and citation of biomedical data. Letters of intent to apply are due by February 6, 2014, and completed applications are due by March 6, 2014. Budgets are limited to $2,000,000 in direct costs per year but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is three years.

As part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the DDI seeks to fulfill the recommendation from the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) Report to the Advisory Council to the Director to “Promote Data Sharing Through Central and Federated Catalogues.” The awardee in response to this FOA will constitute a DDI Coordination Consortium (DDICC, U24) to conduct outreach, fund small pilot projects, manage communication with stakeholders, constitute and coordinate Task Forces to study relevant questions related to access, discoverability, citation for all biomedical data and assure community engagement in the development, testing, and validation of an NIH DDI. Part of this effort will be to assemble a user interface (website) through which the results of development and testing of models for an NIH DDI may be communicated.

<originally published in Newsbits: Latest News from PSR>

Information for the NIH Extramural Grantee Community During the Lapse of Federal Government Funding

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-126

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding. We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH’s systems and services.

Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Nominate ASAP! Deadline is June 15, 2013.

The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) is in full swing, and you can nominate yourself, someone else, or a team or group of individuals for the opportunity to have your/their work recognized internationally and to win amazing awards.

Nominees can include researchers, scientists, educators, students, and individuals from virtually any field who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research that was published through Open Access (OA) to make a difference. The scientific research used by nominees must have been published before May 1, 2013 in a peer-reviewed journal or repository recognized by the OA community.

See examples of potential nominations.

This is a great opportunity to support and build awareness of the possibilities that are afforded by open access to scientific research. ASAP hopes to encourage individuals to use research published through Open Access sources to build off of and innovate for the betterment of society.

And did we mention the recognition?

  • Three awards of $30,000 each
  • A trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored at Open Access Week in October 2013
  • Recognition on the ASAP website and in a portfolio to be internationally distributed

ASAP is backed by major sponsors, Google, PLOS and Wellcome Trust, as well as other forerunners and proponents of Open Access like the ACRL, ARL, and Creative Commons. The deadline is June 15, 2013. For more details about ASAP and to submit a nomination, visit

<submitted by Linda Kobashigawa>

SPECIAL EVENT: Building a Foundation in Research at UCLA

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This half-day workshop will provide faculty, researchers, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an overview of some of the many resources available to the UCLA research community. Presentations include:

  • Finding Funding Opportunities
  • Working with Foundations and Corporate Giving
  • Industry Sponsored Research
  • Research and Collaboration Tools
  • Resources available from UCLA CTSI
  • Writing and Rewriting NIH Proposals

The workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided. Reservation required.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Upcoming Webinar: NIH’s Public Access Policy – What’s New?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The NIH has announced it will hold a webinar on January 15, 2013, 9:30-11:00 AM PST “to assist grantee institutions with guidance and resources related to the NIH Public Access Policy, upcoming changes, tools, and how non-compliance will affect awards.” NIH earlier announced that in the spring, at the earliest, it “will hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.” Visit here to register for the webinar. The UCLA Biomedical Library will be hosting a viewing of the webinar in its 4th floor classroom. Simply take the elevator to stack level 9, walk up the ramp, and turn right.

Call for Applications: 2012 Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The UCLA Library’s James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by the UCLA Library Special Collections and available for Thayer fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences; medicine; life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history. Research residencies may last up to three months between February 1 and December 14, 2012. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2500. Those receiving fellowships are expected to provide a brief report on the results of their research that can be mounted on the UCLA Library Web site. Fellows may have the opportunity to speak about their research at an informal brown-bag session with local scholars during their visit.

Full details are available at:

Completed applications are due November 18, 2011.

<submitted by Russell Johnson>