NEW DEADLINE: MAY 25, 2015
Updated Friday, December 5, 2014: NIH has provided an additional period of flexibility for using the new biosketch format.
NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to use the newly published biosketch format for all grant and cooperative agreement applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015, and will require use of the new format for applications submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2015. Applicants may submit using the new biosketch format for due dates before January 25, 2015, if they wish. See the updated notice for details.
There are three biosketch samples using the new format available:
- pre-doc fellow biosketch sample
- post-doc fellow biosketch sample
- research grant applications, career development, training grant, and all other application types
Original post from 12/01/14: 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.
- 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.
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?