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Help is available to create your new biosketch

You’ve probably heard that NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to use the recently 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.  Check out my post about the requirements and sample biosketches for details.  toolkit-24157707 copy

Have you created your biosketch in the new format yet?  If not, there are now some resources available to help you save time with that task:

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv):   The SciENcv system allows you to enter or import your biographical data once, then convert it into a format that can be used when submitting NIH or NSF grant applications.

NIH National Library of Medicine:   Their technical bulletin details how to create a biosketch by (1) importing your information from an external source (for example, an ORCID account, or an eRA Commons account), (2) manually entering your information, or (3) using your existing SciENcv profile.

Download a sample new NIH biosketch for reference.

 


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Updated deadline for the new NIH biosketch…biosketch samples included

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.

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There are three biosketch samples using the new format available:

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.

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?

 


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A reminder to prepare for the new NIH biosketch…

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?

 


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Ch-ch-changes (to the NIH biosketch)…

To paraphrase Bowie, “Turn and face the strain” of an upcoming change to the biosketch format.  Don’t panic if you haven’t started using the new format yet. Use of the enhanced biosketch is restricted to ONLY RFAs included in the pilot.  I’m summarizing this information now to give you a “heads up” about the upcoming changes and a “head start” on tasks to complete so you’ll be ready in seven months when the changes are scheduled to roll out.cropped-cropped-toolkit-24157707-copy.jpg

Per NIH’s Sally Rockey, “the new NIH biosketch emphasizes your accomplishments instead of just a list of publications, which…we questioned as the best way to showcase your scientific contributions. The primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher’s discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings. This change will help reviewers evaluate you not by where you’ve published or how many times, but instead by what you’ve accomplished.”

Here’s the skinny on next steps:

  1. May 2014: NIH launched a second round of pilot implementation tests of the modified format. Pilot tests will include surveys of both reviewers and applicants so NIH may tweak application instructions and guidance for reviewers
  2. Late 2014: NIH will update SciENcv to help researchers collect the information needed to generate biosketches using the new format.
  3. 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. 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 peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that 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 PubMed or My Bibliography.

What should I do NOW?

Read your RFAs carefully. Explicit instructions will indicate if you are responding to an RFA that is included in the pilot phase for implementation and requires use of the new pilot biosketch format.

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.

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?