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Biosketches are a key component of most major grant proposal packages, highlighting the skills and experiences of the principal investigator (PI), key personnel, and core project team members. Similar to a curriculum vitae, biosketches are used by grant proposal reviewers to assess whether the staff has demonstrated the ability to successfully complete the project they are proposing.
Biosketches must conform to specific formats, both in terms of content and required ordering, with requirements varying by funding agency and project type.
To help with the process, researchers can use a pair of tools—SciENcv and My Bibliography—to assist with developing and automatically formatting biosketches according to agency requirements and connect to publication histories.
This Research Guide is divided into two main sections:
NIH Biosketch Requirements: The NIH introduced a new biosketch template in 2022 for both fellowship and non-fellowship applicants. This section covers the requirements for each section and key takeaways on formatting and content.
Using SciENcv and My Bibliography: With some initial setup, these tools can save you time and effort when creating your biosketch by automatically adding and correctly formatting your information and verbiage. This section covers the setup process for both SciENcv and My Bibliography, linking to eRA Commons, connecting your link to published works, and exporting your completed biosketch.