NIH Biosketch FAQs

Adapted; for additional information see the NIH Biosketch and FAQ pages.

What recent changes has NIH made to the Biosketch format?

NIH has updated the format and instructions for the Other Support and Biographical Sketch pages to facilitate full disclosure of existing requirements. NIH removed Section D from non-fellowship biosketches and “Research Support” from Section D for fellowship biosketches. Details on ongoing and completed research projects/support from the past three years can be included within the personal statement (Section A).

Section B, “Position and Honors” has been renamed “Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors” and the order changed from chronological to reverse chronological. See the Biosketch and FAQ webpages and March 2021 notice NOT-OD-21-073 for additional details. NIH has updated the SciENcv Biosketch template.

What needs to be included in the new Biosketch format?

NIH requires applicants to list all positions, honors, and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign held by senior/key personnel that are relevant to an application, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary).

Does my appointment at a foreign institution need to be reported even if it is not related to my NIH Supported work?

Yes, all appointments need to be reported in the Biosketch and, if related to research endeavors, in Other Support as well.

The Biosketch instructions state that all positions and scientific appointments must be provided. Does this refer to active positions and appointments, or all positions a researcher has ever held?

The Biosketch must include all current positions and scientific appointments.

What is the effective date for the new Biographical Sketch formats?

The new formats are required for application due dates on or after January 25, 2022 and can be used for submissions prior to that date.

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