The Researcher's Tool Kit

Resources for working smarter

A reminder to prepare for the new NIH biosketch…

Leave a comment

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  January 25, 2015 is the implementation deadline for required use of the new NIH biosketch format

NIH released another notice confirming that NIH and AHRQ will require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015. Between now and that time, applicants will have the choice of using the old or new biosketch format.

My original post (June, 2014) about the upcoming change to the biosketch format indicated:

  • Early 2015: NIH is scheduled to roll out the modified biosketch for all grant applications received for FY 2016 funding and beyond (this refers to applications submitted in early 2015).

What exactly is changing?

The new format (SF424R-R_pilot-biosketchsample_VerC) is described on the SF424 (R&R) Applications and Electronic Submission Page.  Changes include:

  • Page length: FIVE (in contrast to 2 or 4 in the traditional formats) pages for the entire biosketch
  • New section C: Contributions supplants Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications. The new section C. asks you to briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science, along with the historical background that framed your research. Investigators can outline the central findings of prior work and the influence of those findings on the investigator’s field.  The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including figures and citations. For each of these contributions, you will reference up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products, including audio or video products; patents; data and research materials; databases; educational aids or curricula; instruments or equipment; models; protocols; and software or netware that are relevant to the described contribution.

You will also need to provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as SciENcv or My Bibliography.

What should I do NOW?

Check out SciENcv.  Set up your profile and test it out NOW so the information you need will be readily available when it’s time to pull your biosketch together.  A YouTube video is available with instructions for using SciENcv.

Make sure your PubMed or My Bibliography listings are accurate and current.

Write a draft Section C. Contributions.   Consider the following:

  • What are my most significant contributions to science?
  • For each contribution, ask yourself:  What is the historical background that frames the scientific problem? What are the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology? What was your specific role in the described work?



Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s