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New Updates

A new notice from the NIH (Reporting Preprints and Other Interim Research Products, NOT-OD-17-050) indicates that interim research products, including preprints, can be cited where other research products are cited. This includes the NIH Biosketch and Section C of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), among others. The change is effective for all applications submitted for the May 25, 2017 due date and beyond, and for RPPRs submitted on or after May 25, 2017.

  • The NIH encourages investigators to use interim research products but does not require their use.
  • Preprints do not apply under the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • This guide notice does not apply to clinical trial registration. See about registration of clinical trial protocols.

Also see: FAQs on Interim Research Products.


Questions about the Biosketch?

Contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.

Why the Change?

Dr. Sally Rockey outlines reasons for implementation of the new biosketch in her blog posting "Changes to the Biosketch." Other reasons are:

  • Allows for discussion of specific role in discoveries and highlight related papers
  • Focus on accomplishments, not publications
  • Quality of research vs. number of publications and journals
  • A list of publications does not tell a story
  • Helpful for younger investigators


SciENcv Tool


Are you preparing a biosketch for NIH funding? If so, do you need help?

Presentations or hands-on sessions for an overview of the NIH biosketch including two NCBI tools, SciENcv and My Bibliography, to auto-populate a NIH biosketch are available upon request for investigators and/or administrative staff. We also make "office-calls."

Upcoming Class:

  • Thursday March 1, 2018
  • 12:15 to 1 pm
  • Farrell Learning and Teaching Center: Room 213

Are you preparing a grant application for NIH? Do you want to learn more about SciENcv? This session will review the instructions for creating a biosketch in the NIH format and include a review of NCBI SciENcv, a tool to generate a biosketch.

NIH Biosketch and NCBI SciENcv Registration Link


If you would like to schedule a presentation for your department, program or division, please contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.

The Office of Training Grants Library

The Office of Training Grants (OTG) has developed a Grants Library to serve as a centralized resource for investigators. Sample biosketches are available in the Standard Grant Language and Templates folder.
NOTE: WUSTL Key required for access.

Recommendations for Investigators

1. Create a My NCBI account and link the account to your eRA Commons account.

2.  Populate your My Bibliography and keep the publication and research products list updated.

3. Play around with SciENcv. See which parts of the new Biosketch are auto-populated.

4. Try creating a biosketch with data from ORCID, eRA Commons and My Bibliography.

5. Assign delegates to help manage your My Bibliography and SciENcv.

6. Consider a hybrid approach of using the Word Template and SciENcv.


From the All About Grants:

Dr. Neil Thakur, special assistant to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and Dr. Bart Trawick, literature database lead at the NIH National Library of Medicine, are guests on two podcasts about the new NIH biosketch and SciENcv.

Learn about the modified format for the NIH biosketch, which will be required for NIH applications submitted on or after May 25, 2015, and the origin of the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae tool, also known as “SciENcv“, help with the creation of biosketches for NIH and NSF applications.

From NCBI:

Advice for New Investigators Using the New NIH Biosketch

  • Advice for new scientists on the contributions to science narratives is available on the NIH Biosketch FAQs:

What advice do you have for new scientists filling out their scientific contributions?

It is a little early to tell how each discipline will judge its new scientists. You might want to consult with your colleagues who serve as reviewers in your area of science. In general, reviewers base their expectations for contributions based on the seniority of the person filling out the biosketch. A scientist with one publication may want to summarize the key finding of the paper and its importance in a short contribution. Scientists with no publications may wish to provide a contribution describing their efforts on other peoples’ papers and projects (e.g., I used this method, I conducted the literature review for this paper, I care for all the animals in this lab, etc.). If a new scientist has no actual research or thesis experience, they might just want to list one contribution about their training to date.

  • Discuss your contributions to science narratives with:

o   mentors and colleagues

o   investigators who serve as members of study sections for NIH applications

o   NIH Program Directors associated with the agency or institute likely to fund your research